River flooding that began with heavy rain on July 9, 2023, shut down entire communities in Vermont, and recovery efforts are now underway.
Flooding recovery assistance and other key resources
- To apply for federal financial assistance, visit disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.
- Is your community under a boil-water notice? Find a statewide list here.
- For state road closure information, visit newengland511.org or @511VT on Twitter. To check the status of your town's local roads, consult your town website or social media.
- School activities and child care program closures are collected here.
- Find the latest forecasts and water levels for specific rivers from the National Weather Service.
- Are you returning to flooded property? Get tips on what to expect and how to stay safe while cleaning your home or car and how to deal with trash and debris.
- Here are tips for avoiding scams that can crop up after a disaster.
- Flood safety tips have been translated into 16 languages here.
- The Vermont Professionals of Color Network is connecting BIPOC Vermonters with recovery assistance.
- Business owners can find tips and resources from Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.
- To find more resources, visit vermont.gov/flood, vermont211.org or call Vermont 2-1-1.
- You can also report flood damage to 2-1-1 to help the state gather data, according to Vermont Emergency Management. (If you are a homeowner, you should also contact your insurance company.)
- The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has provided a resource page for farmers.
- Find the latest guidance about how to help with recovery.
State Treasurer Mike Pieciak said the plan will use money on hand in the state treasury to underwrite $15 million in low-interest loans to municipalities.
Basic operations have moved to the Barre Post Office — roughly six miles from Montpelier.
The flooding this summer almost wiped out the turkey crop at Maple Wind Farm in Richmond, but the farm owner and staff worked to make turkeys available to its community.
The move is intended to speed up the process of establishing a FEMA housing site in Montpelier on a plot of city-owned land.
Vermont Foodbank says people can help in small ways this holiday season among rising food insecurityThanksgiving can often be a time of increased visitors at food banks. But summer flooding, on top of inflation and COVID-19, is creating more food insecurity among Vermonters.
Gov. Phil Scott says 22,000 plates have been sold so far — and he's hoping for more in the coming weeks.
An all-volunteer effort that’s sprung up to help central Vermonters recover from the flood is drawing volunteer labor from some unlikely places.
When the value of a property is reduced due to a fire or flood, municipalities can provide tax abatements that acknowledge the loss of value. Those abatements mean less property tax revenue for the statewide education fund.
In Weston, the select board is being asked to support a FEMA buyout of a commercial property. The board has to weigh losing the village store with accepting the effects of climate change on the downtown.
The fifth National Climate Assessment was released on Tuesday. Fourteen federal agencies contributed to the report, which is mandated by law and produced at least every four years, although this one took close to five.