MONTPELIER — Three transportation officials who spearheaded Vermont’s response to Tropical Storm Irene will head to Colorado on Monday morning, where they’ll help road crews there formulate a plan to rebuild from massive flooding that has destroyed scores of major roads and bridges.
The Shumlin administration said in a press release Sunday that Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper had requested the aid. Vermont will send Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter, Chief Engineer Richard Tetrault, and Director of Operations Scott Rogers.
“Vermont learned tough lessons from Irene, including how to rebuild quickly and in ways that make it less likely future flooding will create such catastrophe,” Gov. Peter Shumlin said in a statement. “Now Colorado has the same opportunity, unfortunately stemming from tragedy, to reduce the likelihood that future flooding will lead to terrible destruction and loss of life.”
Secertary of Transportation Brian Searles said the nature of the flooding in Colorado is similar to Irene’s impact in Vermont, with much of the damage located in mountain areas, according to the release.
Searles said the area impacted in Colorado is roughly the same size as Irene’s footprint in Vermont, according to the release.
Minter, Tetrault and Rogers will depart Monday morning and are scheduled to return Thursday evening.
They will help with “organization, strategy and communication,” according to the release. The administration said the state of Colorado is covering the cost of the trip.
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