In Central Vermont, Tallying Flood Damage Costs

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(Host) Central Vermont towns affected by last week’s flash flooding are now coming to grips with the staggering damage – and costs.

Over the last week, many towns in the region have called emergency Select Board meetings, including Cabot. Last week, rising waters there ripped through the center of town, bringing roads and debris with it.

Tara Rogerson is the town clerk in Cabot, and she says most of the damage was done to local businesses.

(Rogerson) "The type of erosion damage that they’re looking at – because they’re right along a river – their regular flood insurance isn’t covering it. And they’re kind of being hung out on a limb."

(Host) Like other towns ravaged by the flash flooding, Cabot is now looking at grants to support local businesses, where the Federal Emergency Management Agency would pay for up to 75-percent of repairs.

Meanwhile in St. Johnsbury, damages have totaled $1.7 million, and town officials are expecting the repairs to take all summer.

Vermont emergency officials are encouraging people to call 211 to report flood damage.

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