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July 5, 2017

VEM Press Release - Storm Recovery Update

For Immediate Release

Vermont Department of Public Safety

Division of Emergency Management

July 5, 2017

12:15 p.m.


Contact: Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS, 802-839-6717


Damage assessments continue statewide


WATERBURY – Local officials, Regional Planning Commissions, the Vermont Agency of Transportation, and Vermont Emergency Management continue to assess damage caused during storms from June 29 – July 2.


“This storm has been devastating for several communities,” Vermont Emergency Management Director Erica Bornemann said.  “We are working to ensure we provide relief to all communities that suffered damage, which requires a thorough accounting of damage so we can make a compelling case for a disaster declaration, should we reach thresholds.”


Once damage estimates are verified and meet federal disaster levels -- $1-million statewide and $3.61 per capita in counties -- the state would request a Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Should Vermont reach monetary thresholds, the state would make a formal request for a Public Assistance (PA) disaster declaration. 


“As we work with towns and cities to assess all damage, we have not yet determined that Vermont will qualify for a federal disaster declaration. However, we are prepared to quickly initiate the process once we verify numbers in the coming days,” Bornemann said.


Under a PA disaster declaration, communities would be eligible for 75% reimbursement for response and recovery costs.  Those costs include repairs to local roads, public buildings, and other municipal assets.


“I want to thank the local city and town officials and first responders for their work to support communities as they recover from flooding. We appreciate their support in the administration’s efforts to accurately assess the damage across the state, so we are in the best position to help these communities recover,” said Gov. Phil Scott.


Homeowners who suffered damage or may need guidance on cleanup can call 2-1-1.



Mark Bosma

Public Information Officer

Vermont Emergency Management

(802) 839-6717