As many prepare for the holidays, dozens of homeowners affected
by Tropical Storm Irene are still waiting for the funds they need to get back
on their feet. In Vermont, the
Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved buyouts of 81 properties,
but none of the owners has gotten any money yet.
than a year after Tropical Storm Irene devastated the state, town and state officials from Bennington to Bethel are getting questions
from residents concerned about Hurricane Sandy as it moves north from the Carribean.
As federal and state resources continue to dry up, in Vermont, where there’s a strong independent streak, many
cities and towns are trying to consolidate their basic services while also
maintaining local autonomy.
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.
Town officials in Northfield are now considering a zoning change that they say would protect
the town from certain retailers that they believe could hurt downtown. Last month, the Select Board voted to support the town’s position as a so-called one-acre town.