The Federal Emergency
Management Agency and state of Vermont had hoped to complete funding
arrangements for the rebuilding of the Waterbury state office complex by
the end of February but FEMA now says more time is needed.
It’s been about a year and a half since Tropical Storm Irene
flooded parts of the state. And about 50 bridges and 40 culverts in Vermont are
still not repaired. The reason, in some cases, is a discrepancy between what
the state requires and what FEMA will reimburse.
state owned office building in Waterbury will be converted to affordable housing units under a
federal disaster aid grant. Governor
Peter Shumlin says the project is the fulfillment of a promise in the wake of
Tropical Storm Irene nearly 18 months ago.
The lowly culvert got a lot of attention in
the Statehouse on Wednesday. The issue is whether the federal
government will help towns pay to build bigger bridges and culverts to replace those
destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene.
The Vermont Housing &
Conservation Board has awarded two nonprofit housing groups more than $1
million in state and federal funds to buy and reconfigure a
building that has sat vacant since Tropical Storm Irene destroyed much of the state office complex. The project will create 27 new
affordable apartments on Main Street.
than a hundred people braved frigid temperatures Saturday to celebrate the
opening of the new Lower
Bartonsville covered bridge. The
single-lane, lattice-truss bridge is modeled on its 140 year old predecessor,
which was swept into the Williams River in Tropical Storm Irene.