Vermont seeks damage assessment from storm

December 5, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is seeking a damage assessment of the recent winter storm and power outages to see if the state qualifies for federal disaster assistance.

Officials say Vermont must show that it incurred at least $1 million in response and infrastructure recovery costs to qualify for federal help.

The storm starting on Nov. 26 dropped heavy, wet snow, taking down trees and power lines, causing tens of thousands of power outages.

The Vermont Emergency Management director has asked for a preliminary assessment from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington and Windham counties.

Among the costs eligible for reimbursement are repair work to public roads and buildings, tree and debris removal from public rights of way and equipment rentals.

The assessments start Thursday.

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