North Country News
7:24 am
Fri June 15, 2012

VT Irene Recovery Bill at $733M, More Work to Do

Vermont officials say the total cost of recovering from Tropical Storm Irene is estimated at $733 million and the federal government is expected to pay about three quarters of that amount.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports…

Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding says the state expects it will have to pay about $110 million for its share of the repair costs.

Spaulding and other top state officials gave a briefing Thursday on the efforts to recover from the biggest natural disaster in almost a century.

In the immediate aftermath of the Aug. 28 storm, more than 500 miles of roadways and dozens of bridges were damaged or destroyed and thousands of people were forced from their homes.

Now, the roads and bridges are open again, but about 800 are still without permanent, long-term living arrangements.

I’m Pat Bradley, WAMC News. 

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