Addison County hit hard by weekend storms

MIDDLEBURY State officials are encouraging homeowners, renters, and businesses that sustained damage in this weekends storms to report all damage to their individual city or town offices. The towns of Lincoln, Ripton, and Middlebury are believed to have seen the brunt of the storm and the greatest amount of damage. It is unclear if the state will meet the financial threshold to qualify for disaster funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. However, individuals and businesses might be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration if damages qualify. These loans help cover uninsured losses. Towns are still encouraged to report any and all public infrastructure damage to their district Agency of Transportation Office. It is important that homeowners, renters, and business owners keep close track of storm related expenses in order to qualify for potential SBA assistance. Local communities are collecting information and will forward damage reports to the state, which will pool the information and determine if the state should seek a disaster declaration from FEMA or the SBA. Contact information for the three hardest hit communities: Ripton: Sally Hoyer, Town Clerk, 388-2266 Lincoln: Lucky Diamond, 453-2802 Middlebury: Joe Colangelo, Assistant Town Clerk, 388-8100 x201 The public can call 2-1-1 for inquiries related to the storm and cleanup.

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