On Sunday, August 28th the state of Vermont was severely impacted by Tropical Storm Irene. This damage resulted in a Presidential Disaster Declaration. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal aid has been made available to the State of Vermont to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Tropical Storm Irene beginning on August 29, 2011, and continuing. The President's action has made federal funding available to affected individuals in Chittenden, Rutland, Washington, and Windsor counties.
As part of the recovery process, VTrans Secretary, Brian Searles, has requested that Vermont's Regional Planning Commissions coordinate local highway flood recovery efforts under the leadership and direction of VTrans. See the Memo below from VTrans Secretary Brian Searles outlines the duties VTrans expects the RPCs to carry out. An Irene Local Roads Response Resource Coordination Center has been set up to coordinate local roads needs, organize resources and communicate logistics with the State Emergency Operations Center and VTrans.
TRORC is prepared to assist our communities with their recovery efforts. Content in this section of our web site is organized primarily based on FEMA's designations for the type of recovery funding available. These designations are:
Public Assistance - Limited to public facilities such as roads, bridges and buildings. Includes quasi-public entities that might not be owned by the municipality such as Libraries or schools. For important information on public assistance for municipalities and public-non-profit organizations, click here or use the link to the right.
Individual Assistance - (Closed for new claims) This disaster assistance is for privately owned property such as homes.
Small Business Administration - While FEMA does not offer recovery funding for businesses, low-interest loans have been made available from the Small Business Association to help businesses recover from damage from Tropical Storm Irene.
Vermont Emergency Management has set up a telephone Information Line for those seeking information regarding the status of their applications under FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Towns and homeowners seeking information about the status of their grant applications may call the following toll-free number:
HMGP Information Line: 866 953-2325
Those calling this number will hear a recorded message and can leave their name and telephone contact number. Callers will be contacted within 24 to 48 hours with information regarding the status of their HMGP application. Rest assured that Vermont Emergency Management is working very diligently with towns and local partners to expedite the FEMA review and approval process as much as possible. We appreciate applicant’s patience throughout this process and will be happy to respond to any inquiries at this time. .
Deadlines and Requirements for FEMA - A message from VEM regarding FEMA amd upcoming deadlines.
VT Strong - The State of Vermont's official Irene Recovery website.
Vermont Disaster Recovery Donations - Donations being taken to help rebuild the lives of Vermonters.
FEMA Buyout Information - Information from FEMA regarding property buyouts.
TRORC Region - Images of Irene - TRORC Staff and others took a wide range of images during and after the disaster event. We have made some them available in a .pdf that can be used as a slide show.
TRORC Irene Recovery Update - TRORC will be publishing weekly updates on the recovery efforts in our region. This brief document will contain information on major roads as well as important material regarding Public and Individual Assistance (including buisnesses and farms).
VT 511 - Current Road Information - VTrans is regularly updating this web site.
FEMA Flood Maps - FEMA NFIP flood maps are available from the Map Service Center (MSC).
FEMA Flood Maps for Google Earth- KMZ layer for Google Earth (Windsor, Rutland Counties)
VTrans Facebook Page - Social networking sites have proved to be an invaluable tool for disseminating information. VTrans has created a page which allows individuals to ask questions regarding roads. Answers appear to be prompt and most come directly from the page moderator.
VTrans Twitter Feed - VTrans has created a Twitter Feed (@Vermont511) for road updates.
General Disaster Assistance Info (9/2/11)
Transportation Secretary Searles Memo regarding RPC Role