Officials from the state of Vermont, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency are preparing to release two reports on how the state can better prepare itself for floods and other disasters.
Joined by the Montpelier-based Institute for Sustainable Communities, the officials are gathering at 11 a.m. Monday at the Vermont Department of Public Safety headquarters in Waterbury to release the reports.
The documents will make recommendations on lessening the damage and risk to Vermonters from floods and other disasters.
Credit Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill/U.S. Army/Wikimedia Commons/Public DomainSoldiers remove tons of debris as part of cleanup efforts during the aftermath of Hurricane Irene in Pittsfield, Vt., Sept. 6, 2011 Photo by United States Army Staff Sgt. Jim GreenhillEdit | Remove
The state of Vermont is asking the federal government for $10 million to help pay for 35 flood mitigation projects from Tropical Storm Irene and other storms of 2011.
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and the head of Federal Emergency Management Agency operations in the state say they've never seen such a series of flash flooding events as have hit the state in recent weeks.
Newfane officials are planning to meet with representatives of Vermont Emergency Management and the Agency of Natural Resources to get advice before issuing contracts to replace two bridges that were destroyed by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.