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Capital region assesses flood damage

Becker said there are other things to look for, too.

"Look for changes in landscape and water drainage or new cracks in foundations and sidewalks," he said. "Watch the patterns of storm-water drainage on slopes near your home or business, and note especially the places where runoff water converges, increasing flow over soil-covered slopes. Watch the hillsides around your home or business for signs of land movement, such as small landslides or debris flows or progressively tilting trees."

Bosma said cleanup is already underway in several communities in and around Montpelier, however, the region is still in an emergency zone. Sightseers are asked to keep out of flood-affected areas.

"Gov. Peter Shumlin sent a formal request to President Barack Obama for a disaster declaration," he said. "The process of approving such a request can take one week to several weeks. Vermont Emergency Management is working with the governor to submit an addendum to the state's earlier flood request to include last Friday's storms."

To be approved, the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA must agree that the flooding is part of the same weather pattern that caused previous floods, Bosma noted.

Bosma also said FEMA must agree that saturated ground conditions are a result of soaking rains over the past month.

"If FEMA declines that request Vermont will begin the process of obtaining a separate disaster declaration for this week's event," he noted. "Either way, communities and homeowners should call 2-1-1 to report damage to their property."

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