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FEMA Rejects Town's Request for Storm Compensation

Federal officials have rejected a southern Vermont town's request for a reimbursement of millions of dollars spent repairing damages caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday that it would not accept Bennington's bid to be fully compensated for the $3.9 million spent repairing damage caused to the Roaring Branch of the Walloomsac River during the storm in August 2011.

FEMA agreed in May 2013 to pay $1.55 million, and then agreed on an additional $800,000 in August 2014.

Bennington Town Manager Stuart Hurd says the town will have to finance the $1.34 million shortfall.

In its analysis of Bennington's appeal, FEMA found that Bennington's work went beyond the minimal actions necessary to address an immediate threat. 

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