FEMA to re-examine Bennington storm money


BENNINGTON (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is planning to take another look at a reimbursement request from Bennington for money spent on river restoration after Tropical Storm Irene.

The city spent about $4.2 million on protective flooding measures after the storm left debris on the Roaring Branch river. The town had been denied a reimbursement; FEMA said the work should be funded by another agency.

The Bennington Banner reports (http://bit.ly/SeLZLN) the offices of Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch took up the case on behalf of Bennington, Woodford and Rockingham, and met with FEMA officials in Washington.

FEMA now says its assessment about the other agency was wrong. It's seeking more information about Bennington's repair efforts.


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