The Leahy Letter -- July 15, 2011
Flood Waters Recede And Federal Help Arrives
In response to spring storms that left much of Vermont underwater, President Barack Obama and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued a Major Federal Disaster Declaration in mid-June for seven of Vermont's 14 counties. The declaration was extended to cover additional counties in early July. Senator Leahy worked with Governor Shumlin, Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch to shape and expedite the federal relief effort.
The two major disaster declarations together encompass most counties in Vermont for damage done to both public and private property. There also is a pending request by the Governor, supported by Senator Leahy and the other members of Vermont's congressional delegation, to further extend the dates and area covered. For specific information on the types of assistance available, Vermonters should contact FEMA directly.
Senator Leahy hailed the timely approval of federal disaster relief, "We now have a charter for the federal role in building back from the heavy toll these floods have taken on Vermont's families, businesses and community life. This disaster declaration is both an outline and an authorization, and we will work together in bringing these promises to life. This kind of teamwork will be needed for many months to come as we pull together during Vermont's recovery."
Vermont's congressional delegation recently announced a $1.2 million emergency grant to create jobs for displaced workers to help with flooding clean up. The funds, from the U.S. Department of Labor, will be used to provide temporary work on projects related to recovery, repair, renovation and reconstruction of demolished public and non-profit property.
For more information on temporary employment through this program, please visit the website of the Vermont Department of Labor.
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