Vermont governor seeks major disaster declaration from White House as state braces for more storms – as it happened


Vermont governor formally submits request to President Biden for major disaster declaration
Days after devastating rainfall deluged Vermont and with more severe storms on the way, Phil Scott, the state’s governor, said he is seeking an additional major disaster declaration from the White House.

If approved, the declaration could open up the state to receive additional federal disaster relief funds.

“Vermonters have faced incredible loss as a result of this historic and catastrophic flooding event,” said Scott in a statement.

While we’re still focused primarily on the immediate response, as we transition to the recovery phase, federal assistance will be critical to support families, businesses and infrastructure. With support from Washington, and the inspiring resiliency of Vermonters, we will be able to rebuild and recover. Strong thunderstorms were expected to move into parts of the state by Thursday night, which could cause more flash flooding, Scott said at a news conference. Conditions could spawn a tornado, he said.


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