More than 100 Vermont
families lost their homes in Tropical Storm Irene. At least six had houses that
were destroyed by the flood, but were deemed ineligible for a FEMA buy-back
program because of where they appear on FEMA’s maps.
When the 2011 flood receded many Vermonters didn’t wait for
government help. Residents and volunteers hauled away mud, debris and even
flood-damaged homes that were on the brink of collapse. But people who cleared
away property may not be eligible for federal funds.
Some Vermont property owners, whose homes were destroyed during
Tropical Storm Irene, have received good news. Six towns have made formal
offers to homeowners to buy their flood-damaged property using federal funds.
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.
One of the nine
long-term recovery groups formed to help residents hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene is getting ready to close its doors by the end of the month. Rebuild Waterbury is expected to be the first
recovery group to finish its work.
Vermonters who lived through the worst of Irene got prepared
for Sandy. Generators sold out
quickly and people settled in for whatever nature dished out. Irene survivors
in southern Vermont say they’ve emerged from the storm much better than they
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.