Vt. Lawmakers Get Update On FEMA Funding

11/15/12 5:50PM

AP/Toby Talbot
An excavator moves a mountain of debris from Tropical Storm Irene outside the state office buildings in Waterbury. Vermont lawmakers are expected to get an update on how much the state can expect in federal help for cleaning up from Tropical Storm Irene.

There's still no definitive word on how much Vermont can expect in federal help with recovery from Tropical Storm Irene.

Deputy Administration Secretary Michael Clasen told a legislative committee today that it's expected to be January before the state can expect a firm answer.

Officials in Governor Peter Shumlin's administration expressed confidence earlier this year that FEMA would cover up to 90 percent of the estimated $120 million in costs tied to recovery from the storm last year.

But in late July, the administration made known that how much FEMA funding would be available was much less certain than previously had been thought.

Now Clasen says there have been some recent signs that the aid will be more than it might have been.



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