than a year after Tropical Storm Irene devastated the state, town and state officials from Bennington to Bethel are getting questions
from residents concerned about Hurricane Sandy as it moves north from the Carribean.
first applications for the flood buyout program for homeowners have been
approved by FEMA. Vermont
Hazard Mitigation Officer Ray Doherty says five out of nearly 100 applications
for homeowner buyouts under the FEMA program were approved this week.
Vermonters value debating local issues and
interacting with their local government on Town Meeting Day in person, but many voters
increasingly expect their towns to take advantage of the digital world as well.
in Bethel say they will begin videotaping Select Board meetings
and broadcasting them via YouTube after a series of disagreements over how the
town has – or has not – responded to Tropical Storm Irene.