Shumlin: Vermont Will Not Wait For FEMA

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 come through.

Regional Report: Irene Clean-up In New York State

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.

FEMA Has Approved 17 Buyouts Out Of 113 Applications

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 Take To The Street To Remember Irene

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.