Governor Peter Shumlin says he
will push ahead with a $125 million plan to rebuild the Waterbury state office complex despite the uncertainty of
federal funding. Shumlin says he’s confident
that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will eventually help pay for the
project. But the governor says he
doesn’t know exactly how much the feds will provide, or when the money will
Vermont understandably gets the lion’s share of attention
when the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Irene is discussed. But for New York State’s North
Country region, there was
also extensive storm damage, and big bills left behind for repairs. VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb talks with Kim Smith Dedam, of the Press Republican.
More than a dozen property owners have received word from
FEMA that the federal government will buy out their homes that were destroyed
by Tropical Storm Irene.
FEMA’s hazard mitigation program is designed to reduce
property damage from floods in the future by purchasing damaged properties and
turning them into green space.
Vermonters are finding many
ways to mark the one-year anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene. In the villages of
Williamsville and South
Newfane, where the damage
was heavy, people flooded the streets on Sunday. With music, flowers, ATV’s and
trucks, they celebrated the power they found in one another after the storm.
Fans of Keegan
Bradley got a lesson on Monday in Woodstock from the 26-year-old golfer who’s been racking up
wins on the PGA tour. Bradley’s charity tournament in his hometown benefits
the Vermont Disaster Relief Fund.