Vermont getting disaster aid for April flooding

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MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont is getting federal disaster aid for flooding in April that closed roads and bridges.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced late Wednesday that President Barack Obama approved the disaster aid declaration covering flood damage from April 15 through April 18.

The state estimated the flooding cost over $1 million, the minimum required to qualify for federal assistance.

The declaration makes funding available to state and eligible local governments and nonprofit groups for emergency work and repairs in Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans and Washington counties.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation efforts statewide.

James Russo has been named federal coordinating officer for the recovery efforts.


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