Two years ago, Tropical Storm Irene moved up the Atlantic coast, barging through Vermont on August 28th. Some areas of the state saw 11 inches of rain, and 500 miles of roads and 200 bridges were damaged or destroyed. Six people in the state died. Today, North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley talks with Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin about the historic storm and the status of the recovery.
Vermont Administration Secretary Jeb Spaulding says the state was surprised that the federal government has determined the state hospital is not eligible for 90 percent federal funds for its replacement following Tropical Storm Irene.
But Spaulding told lawmakers on Wednesday the administration is confident that it will get significant funding to replace the hospital.
He expects the state to get 90 percent federal funding for parts of the hospital, which is slated to cost nearly $43 million.