In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, towns did what they
could to prevent further flooding, including hauling away trees and boulders
that were clogging streams. But some small towns say they’re now stuck with
some big bills.
and towns are reacting to the state’s
recommendation that the Federal Emergency Management Agency buyout 99 homes
in Vermont destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene floodwaters. For
homeowners, the state’s approval is just the first step.
many parts of the country, FEMA uses trailers as temporary housing to help
families displaced by a disaster. In
the wake of Irene, the agency is trying a new approach that it says is better suited to New England.
Emergency Management Agency is giving Vermont a big boost by helping defray the repair costs of a
White River Junction railroad bridge nearly destroyed by flooding from Tropical
federal government and the state of Vermont are moving to purchase homes that were heavily
damaged by Tropical Storm Irene. 76 properties have been identified in the first round and state officials are planning on several more buyout programs
in the future.