(Host) Vermont officials are still in the process of assessing damage caused by Irene. Governor Peter Shumlin spent most of yesterday surveying hard-hit towns by helicopter. Speaking last night on Vermont Edition he said there are 11 towns that remain isolated due to severe flooding and washed out roads.
They are: Chester, Rochester, Mendon, Killington, Stratton, Cavendish, Middletown Springs, Granville, Stockbridge, Wilmington, and Ludlow.
Shumlin says FEMA director Craig Fugate will be in the state today and the federal government has pledged support.
(Shumlin) "They’re willing to give us what we need to rebuild in the usual format that’s outlined by the Federal government which is generally an 80 percent/ 20 percent match."
(Host) Governor Shumlin is also sending out a plea to Vermonters whose homes were *not damaged by flooding.
(Shumlin) We have so many Vermonters living in shelters, who are displaced from their homes. It’s not going to change quickly. If you’re able to take in a Vermonter into your home because you weren’t affected, virtually, by the flood, this is the time to do it. Bring ‘em in, cook ‘em a good meal, take care of them until they can get back on their feet."
(Host) In addition to other resources, Red Cross vehicles from Florida have arrived in the state with extra food and water and some shelters remain open.