FEMA funding still on tap for Waterbury
WATERBURY — Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state had hoped to announce Thursday how much of the cost of reconstructing the Waterbury campus would be eligible for FEMA reimbursement.
Instead, the process of determining the federal government’s share of funding for rebuilding the Waterbury state office complex was not complete by the end of February, missing an expected deadline to announce the total funding due.
“As part of our ongoing partnership with the state, we are exploring all potential funding solutions within the bounds of federal law and policy,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Mark Landry, the head of FEMA’s Vermont field office, in a news release.
The Waterbury state office complex consists of 47 buildings — including the Vermont State Hospital — that sustained varying levels of damage when the complex was flooded by the nearby Winooski River during Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.
“We are nearly there, but it will take some additional time, and we don’t want to leave money on the table by moving too fast” Landry said in the release.
Officials have said the funding of repairs to the complex will come from a combination of insurance proceeds, FEMA and state funding.
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