Thu, Sep 1, 2011 08:05 PM
Hurricane Irene Assistance Efforts & Updates
Current as of 6 pm, September 1, 2011
Federal Disaster Declaration
We were granted Federal Disaster Declaration for Rutland and
Killington for residents and businesses. This means that assistance
will be available for restoration work for residents and
businesses. We will need to complete a comprehensive survey to get
work authorization. More details will be forthcoming.
Businesses and Non-Profits
The Department of Commerce has set up a hotline to take
reports/requests. Please call (802) 828-3211 between 7:45 and
4:30. Rutland Economic Development Corporation 773-2747 and the
Rutland Chamber of Commerce 773-9147 may also be able to reference
specific programs available. Vermont Economic Development Authority
(VEDA) has loans available for businesses and farms damaged by
Irene. Rutland Area Farm and Food Link(417-7331) has info for
We had a good meeting with VT Agency of Transportation (AOT)
today. They have dispatched a regional manager and opened a
new office in our area and are working to accelerate efforts on
Route 4. We briefed them on the emergency transportation
measures we have implemented. They are working on the overall
construction schedule to create both a temporary and long-term
solution and will advise us on how we continue our temporary
Until we have more feedback from AOT, we plan to continue with the
same transportation options we offered today.
Remote Homeowners Property Check
Killington and Mendon officials and emergency management are
requesting that remote and second homeowners postpone any immediate
travel plans to the region while work on navigable routes in and
out of town continues.
To assist property owners who are out of the area, do not have a
property management company, or have not been able to check on
their property by any other means, the town is setting up a Remote
Homeowners Property Check System. More information will be provided
as plans are finalized.
Town-Wide Property Damage Assessment
The town and the Red Cross need to perform a town-wide property
damage assessment. They have divided the town into 8 districts and
need 2 volunteer residents per district to work with the Red Cross
and other officials. Ideally, the criteria for these volunteers
1. Have access to a 4-wheel drive vehicle
2. Must be physically fit, as climbing may be
3. Must be available for the next 3 days
Sign up sheets for volunteers are available at the Town Meeting as
well as at the Killington Fire Department. Call 802-422-3473 to
Municipal Buildings Update
• The Sherburne Memorial Library will be open on
Saturday from 9 am - 1 pm.
• The Transfer Station will be open for special
hours on Friday, Sept. 1 from 8 am - 2 pm. It will resume regular
hours on Saturday and Monday from 8 am - 2 pm. The Transfer Station
should only be accessed from Rt. 100 to River Road, not from
Thundering Brook Road or Rt. 4.
The Water Wheel's electricity has been restored. They have gas and
are extending their hours to be open until 8 pm. Access to the
Water Wheel will be from Rt. 4 only. If you are driving across Rt.
4 to the Water Wheel, please only drive from 6:30 pm - 8 pm so as
to not disrupt daytime construction.
There will be a pet clinic on Saturday at 2 pm at the Summit
Lodge. A sign up sheet is available at the Town Meeting as well as
at the Killington Fire Department. Call 802-422-3473 to sign
If you are still without power, or your power goes out again,
please make sure that all devices, including lights, are turned
off. If you have had any flooding, turn your breakers off to avoid