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Mapping The Money: FEMA Irene Aid Tops $185 Million

Mapping The Money

FEMA has spent more than $185 million dollars in Vermont to assist with Tropical Storm Irene recovery.  The total is significantly higher than any other sources of recovery funds.

Interactive Map Of Irene FEMA Funds Distributed In Vermont

According to information compiled by VPR, towns, rather than the state, received the lion’s share of the money.

$142 million was spent on individual assistance and for local infrastructure repairs. The largest portion was to fix roads and bridges.

The FEMA data shows that some of Vermont’s smallest communities were the biggest recipients of FEMA assistance. 

Stockbridge, with a population of 736 according to the 2010 U.S. Census, received more than $6.5 million in total FEMA assistance.  Because of the number of homes destroyed in the 2011 flooding, Stockbridge also received the largest amount of money from the FEMA buyout program; $1.7 million.

Other hard hit Windsor County towns, including Bethel and Woodstock received more than $5 million in FEMA assistance.

While FEMA aid was instrumental in the recovery, many other statewide and local organizations collected and allocated money for Irene relief. 

VPR’s online Mapping the Money project is documenting where Irene relief came from and where it was spent.

The data includes a map showing where the FEMA money went and spreadsheets breaking down how it was spent.

Steve has been with VPR since 1994, first serving as host of VPR’s public affairs program and then as a reporter, based in Central Vermont. Many VPR listeners recognize Steve for his special reports from Iran, providing a glimpse of this country that is usually hidden from the rest of the world. Prior to working with VPR, Steve served as program director for WNCS for 17 years, and also worked as news director for WCVR in Randolph. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, Steve also worked for stations in Phoenix and Tucson before moving to Vermont in 1972. Steve has been honored multiple times with national and regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for his VPR reporting, including a 2011 win for best documentary for his report, Afghanistan's Other War.
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