Governor Peter Shumlin today requested a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama for public assistance to help with infrastructure repairs in all Vermont counties except Grand Isle, and individual assistance for homeowners and businesses in counties where early assessments have been completed. Because assessments continue in some counties ‘ particularly in hard-hit southern Vermont ‘ a supplemental request will follow to add those areas. The public assistance request encompasses road, bridge and rail damage in Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor counties. The initial individual declaration includes Chittenden, Washington, Rutland, and Windsor counties. It is expected that a supplemental request will add other counties, such as Windham and Orange, as assessors continue to tally the damage across Vermont from Tropical Storm Irene. Those additional requests will be added as quickly as possible. ‘We need to get the federal assistance approved and into the state as quickly as possible,’ Gov. Shumlin said. He noted that the state has already received an Emergency Declaration for Federal Assistance, which provided immediate assistance to begin getting emergency disaster relief efforts in place. Today’s response begins a more formal process of seeking full assistance for roads, bridges, homeowners and businesses, and other relief work. ‘The President and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate have pledged the full support of the federal government to help Vermont recover from the devastation left in the storm’s wake,’ Gov. Shumlin said. ‘We will begin moving forward with this declaration request and add the additional counties as the assessments are completed.’ Governor Shumlin said he is optimistic that the White House would approve the declaration quickly. If approved, the public assistance would provide a federal match for work on roads, bridges and other public infrastructure damaged in the flooding and winds of Irene. The individual assistance would help homeowners and businesses cover the costs of repairs, temporary housing rental, replacement of essential household items, medical and other disaster-related needs, and other needs that resulted from the storm. Source: Governor’s office. 9.1.2011
No. 5 USC men’s swimming and diving team and No. 7 women’s swimming and diving team join forces to begin their journeys to the NCAA championships with the NCAA Zone Diving Championships at the United States Air Force Academy in Fort Collins, Colo., from Thursday to Saturday.Both teams are coming off strong finishes in the Pac-12 championships, with the women’s team finishing third and the men’s team finishing fourth.The women are led by senior Victoria Ishimatsu, who is coming off her fourth-straight Pac-12 3-meter title and her third straight 1-meter title. Ishimatsu closed out the 2012 Pac-12 championships with a second-place finish in platform. Freshman Jessica Warren also took seventh in the event.The men’s side is headed by freshman Jordan Gear, who had three finals appearances in the Pac-12 Men’s Diving Championships, including a fourth-place finish in the platform final, and freshman Cody Walwick, who appeared in two finals events.The events start Thursday with the women’s 1-meter prelims and finals and the men’s 3-meter prelims and finals.