Governor Peter Shumlin visited Woodstock Tuesday morning to rally Woodstock citizens rebuilding after the flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
He said of Woodstock’s flood response after eight days, “We’re back on our toes, but not yet on our feet.”
A group of about 200 Woodstock citizens turned out on to welcome Shumlin and to hear his report on the State of Vermont’s recovery efforts.
Among headlines is the Governor’s appeal to Woodstock and Vermont second homeowners to offer their residences for temporary or long-term housing to flood victim families who have completely lost their houses.He said he knows lots of people have been taken in by friends, family and neighbors, but that living in sub-standard basements without windows is not a long-term solution. If these out-of-state or in-state property owners who are not using their homes want to know how to help in this way, Shumlin advises to call: 1-800-VERMONT
In other business matters of how to get help, Shumlin says the State of Vermont is going to ”flush red tape down the river like Irene…” For those who need immediate monies to start clean-up, Shumlin provided this contact and number: Patrick Ross at 802-476-2679
Shumlin reported that every county in Vermont now qualifies for Individual Disaster Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and reminded us of the telephone number to call: 1-800-621-FEMA. This will start a process that yield up to $30,400 in recovery costs for individual homeowners. It will also get things going for further long-term assistance for individual through low interest mortgages.
With regards to the business community, Shumlin gave a State of Vermont telephone number to apply for “$20,00o right now to set up computers or buy a new cash register…” That telephone number is 802-828-3211.
The Governor told stories of people he has met this week throughout Central Vermont and their stories of indomitable courage. He also advised that neighbors need to look out for neighbors especially here in Vermont where we are pretty used to being self-sufficient and not asking for help. He noted that the American Red Cross is ready to serve with counseling for anyone suffering due to the effects of Flood Irene.
The first of what are likely to be many information meetings with FEMA assistance representatives is Tuesday evening at 5pm at the Town Hall.