- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Ten of Vermont’s 14 counties have been declared federal disaster areas, which will help defray the costs of repairing public and utility infrastructure that was damaged or destroyed in the storms that hit the state last month.

The declaration means the affected areas will be eligible for federal reimbursement for up to 75 percent of the costs of storm response and recovery.

More than 130,000 electric customers lost power in the Dec. 9-12 storms in which heavy, wet snow fell across the state. The 10 covered counties suffered nearly $4-million in damages.

Communities and municipal and cooperative utilities can be reimbursed for expenses such as equipment rentals, fuel, the cost of contractor assistance, employee overtime tied directly to storm response and restoration, and other eligible expenses.

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