Vermont hired two consulting firms shortly after Tropical Storm Irene to navigate FEMA’s bureaucratic
maze. The state is set to pay up to $4 million under a pair of consulting
contracts with the disaster management specialists.
When the flood hit Wilmington a year ago the local economy
was already on its knees. But just this month, with the help of a local
non-profit two new businesses are opening in the downtown and a once
flood-damaged building was sold.
Following Tropical Storm Irene, town budgets have been complicated by uncertainty over FEMA
reimbursements and the costs of future repairs. But in some of those
hard-hit communities, the mood on Town Meeting Day seemed buoyant.