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9 pm, Sept. 1, Official Killington Update

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 farms.
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 measures.
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 are:
1.    Have access to a 4-wheel drive vehicle
2.    Must be physically fit, as climbing may be necessary
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 sign up.
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.
Pet Clinic
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 up.
Power Restoration
            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 fires.

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