Daily News Highlights – Sunday September 4

We’ll update this post with news highlights all day – for a quick overview you should be able to just check this entry (under the category Status Updates).  Final update: 11:30pm.

Disaster Assistance:

  • The President signed the declaration of FEMA funding for Windham County Saturday.  Residents and businesses should now be able to register with FEMA at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
  • Handout on FEMA assistance process: BB Handout FEMA Process (79KB PDF)
  • FEMA has established a DRC at Withington Arena in Brattleboro – the initial role is simply to help with registration, so unless people have questions they do not need to visit the DRC once they are registered and have their number
  • If they have not done so already, people should compile documentation and contact their insurance, town clerks, and 2-1-1 to report damage
  • VTResponse.wordpress.com is a good site to use to ask for help or find volunteer opportunities across the state

Repair Updates:

  • In general, stay off damaged roads unless you really need to use them – crews can’t work on them while you’re on them
  • Accurate map data remains an issue; the VTrans Site is best for state routes (now with an easy-to-understand chart), the WRC site is best for roads in Windham County
  • Route 9 from Brattleboro to Wilmington is open for reduced traffic (local and essential only); a bridge preventing passage to Bennington may be open by Friday, September 9
  • Route 103 in its entirety is open to two-way traffic (but work continues)
  • Route 100 is open but at reduced levels (local and essential traffic only) and hasseveral single-lane areas from the MA border through Wardsboro, and closed before Jamaica
  • Route 30 is navigable (with detours) from Brattleboro through Townshend but has several bridges out in Jamaica and Winhall
  • Jamaica and Dover are requesting that people try to stay out of their towns for the weekend to allow reconstruction to proceed as fast as possible
  • Wilmington requires passes for downtown access
  • Power: CVPS is tracking 1 outages (down from 14 this morning) and GMP has 2  (up from 0 this morning) remaining in Windham County

Business Reopenings:

  • MOST businesses and organizations across Vermont and Windham County are open normally – check this page for places where there is any question

Weather:

  • Flash flood watch from Sunday at 2pm through Tuesday at 8am – up to 4″ of rain; if waters start rising, evacuate to higher ground immediately
  • Foggy, then cloudy, then scattered showers and thunderstorms today with highs near 80, heavy rain possible tonight with low around 60
  • Showers and thunderstorms likely all day tomorrow, producing heavy rain, highs in low 70s

Other News:

  • 66 members of the Vermont Army Guard’s air ambulance unit have redeployed from Iraq – WCAX Story
  • The Green Mountain National Forest is closed this weekend
  • National News: tropical storm Lee made landfall in Louisiana this morning (heavy impact possible on Tennessee valley possible later in the week)

As always, if you have an update, send it in!

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