The Vermont Long Term Disaster Relief Fund helps Vermonters who are still recovering from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene. Monday night officials and volunteers met to raise awareness that, a year after the storm, needs still exist and fundraising for the program continues.
The Long Term Disaster Relief Fund has raised $6.6 million so far. It fills gaps after victims of Tropical Storm Irene have exhausted private insurance or government disaster assistance programs. Fund Chair David Coates says the monies have been crucial in giving Vermonters a new normal life.
A private fund-raising group set up to help Vermonters recover from Tropical Storm Irene has paid out more than $2 million to flood victims.
There is another $2 million remaining in Vermont's Long Term Disaster Relief Fund, but officials say they could still be short of the money required to meet the ongoing demand for assistance following last year's flood.
So far, the fund has helped 195 applicants working to rebuild their homes and their lives after the storm.