FEMA Turns Down State’s Request For Larger Culverts

A stream crossing in Townshend is the test culvert for building back town infrastructure in a more resilient fashion after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it won’t pay for larger culverts like the one in Townshend that the state says are needed to withstand future floods. FEMA says the state is applying inconsistent standards.

FEMA Approves Bigger Culverts For Future Floods

Federal officials say they’ll help put in culverts larger than the pipes that were washed out during the floods of Tropical Storm Irene. A special FEMA mitigation program will help put in facilities that might hold up better in a future flood.