first applications for the flood buyout program for homeowners have been
approved by FEMA. Vermont
Hazard Mitigation Officer Ray Doherty says five out of nearly 100 applications
for homeowner buyouts under the FEMA program were approved this week.
was one of 13 communities that Tropical Storm Irene’s floodwaters completely
disconnected from the rest of the state in August. Since
then, the Addison County town has been reconnected physically. But
Granville still faces a gaping digital divide.
Up and down the state, Tropical Storm Irene flooding has torn
apart Vermont communities, in many cases overwhelming strained town
governments. In Granville, residents have begun
to regain some sense of control – and some sense of place – before
winter sets in.
U.S. Forest Service has improvement plans for some of its land in five towns in
the White River Valley. The
goal is to improve wildlife habitat, and networks of hiking trails and roads in
the area of the Green Mountain National
known as the Upper White River Area.