FEMA Turns Down State’s Request For Larger Culverts

A stream crossing in Townshend is the test culvert for building back town infrastructure in a more resilient fashion after the devastation of Tropical Storm Irene. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it won’t pay for larger culverts like the one in Townshend that the state says are needed to withstand future floods. FEMA says the state is applying inconsistent standards.

Irene Fresh In Mind, Vermont Braces For Hurricane Sandy

More 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.

Jamaica Declines To Seek Buyout For Second Homeowner

The hazard mitigation home buyout program is designed to buy and remove flood-damaged properties to reduce future hazards.  So far, FEMA has approved the buy-out of 78 homes, 14 of which are second homes. But one hard-hit town has decided not to apply on behalf of second homeowners.

Barre City Considers Truck Detour

City officials in Barre are asking the public whether large trucks should be banned from Main Street, which has been rebuilt over the past two years.