PO Box 490, St. Albans Bay, VT 05481
Severe Storm Recover Update July 14, 2023
AGENCY OF COMMERCE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
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Vermonters helping Vermonters in Montpelier as flood waters receded this week. Photo courtesy of Terry J Allen.
The State of Vermont will open Multi-Agency Resource Centers
(MARCs) in Barre and Ludlow to help those affected by this week’s
floods navigate the recovery process. These centers will be open from
9am-5pm daily Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, July 15-17.
Additional sites will come online next week.
President Biden has approved Governor Phil Scott’s request for a major disaster declaration for Vermont to assist individuals and communities recover from historic flooding from July 7-12, 2023.
The approval was given in under 24 hours.
After the declaration was signed the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) released a fact sheet for Vermont disaster loans for businesses,
that details what may be available and at what interest rates.
While the fact sheet includes a lot of information, we know there will be many questions.
The SBA Disaster Team will be opening offices in Vermont to work with businesses through the application process. Businesses should engage with the SBA team PRIOR to submitting an application. It is
imperative that applications are fully accurate prior submission, or they will be kicked back.
ACCD will share more on the location of these in person offices and how people can access them once it is determined next week. General information on how these loans work can be found on the SBA website.
The Governor today also requested that the United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) issue a disaster designation for the State of
Vermont to open the availability of low-interest USDA Farm Service
Agency emergency loans to farms and farmers.
The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) has issued guidance for restaurants on reopening after a flood. VDH also released specific guidance related to reopening and operating under a boil water notice. This guidance is part of VDH’s Food and Lodging Program.
If you are looking to volunteer to support the clean-up and recovery,
the state has set up a volunteer portal that allows you to register and be deployed to areas most in need. If you are an organization with a group
of volunteers looking to serve please email email@example.com
to register. If you are in need of volunteers in your area please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ask for volunteers.
The ACCD resource page will be the central landing place for all
information about flooding resources for businesses coming from the agency as we move further into recovery.
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