Emerson Lynn, St. Albans Messenger
MONTPELIER — Franklin County was one of three counties Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn asked to be added on Monday to the state’s Federal Emergency Management Agency damage assessment request.
Orleans and Washington counties were the other two counties Shumlin and Flynn requested added.
According to the governor’s office, seven counties in Vermont are included in the FEMA request for flooding damage assessment to see whether the state qualifies for federal Public Assistance disaster funds. In addition to Franklin, Orleans and Washington counties, Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, and Orange counties have reports of flooding damage from heavy rains this spring.
Currently, state officials are estimating more than $1 million in damage across Vermont. That amount is the minimum to qualify the state for assistance.
FEMA workers arrived today to look at damage and to determine which counties qualify for federal relief funds. For the counties that do qualify for aid, a request will be sent to President Barack Obama, who then must authorize the disaster funds to be spent on fixing flood-damaged infrastructure.