FEMA Money Comes Through For Mental Health System

On the eve of the Legislative session, the Shumlin Administration says a big funding question has been settled. Federal funds and insurance payments will cover about 70 percent of the cost of a new state hospital and other improvements to the mental health system.

Vt. Lawmakers Get Update On FEMA Funding

There’s still no definitive word on how much Vermont can expect in federal help with recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. But a state official told a legislative committee Thursday that it’s expected to be January before the state can expect a firm answer.

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.