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Biden declares a state of disaster in Vermont due to December storms

The President of the United States, Joe Biden, approved the Vermont Disaster Declaration this Saturday, considering that there is a catastrophic situation in the state as a result of the storms that hit the area last December and has ordered the granting of “additional assistance “.

“Today, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the state of Vermont and has ordered additional federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe storm. and flooding from December 18 to December 19, 2023,” the White House explained in a statement.

The same note clarifies that these “federal funds are available to state, tribal and local governments” as well as “certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis” and that they are intended to cover “emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by severe storm surges and flooding in Essex, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Windham and Windsor counties.”

“Federal funds are also available in the form of cost-sharing for risk mitigation measures across the state,” the White House added.

Beyond these issues, the US Executive has asserted that “additional designations may be made at a later date if the state requests it and the results of additional damage assessments justify it.”

The person in charge of coordinating the aforementioned federal recovery operations in the affected areas will be William F. Roy, of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States.

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