- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials are asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess the damage from last week’s flooding that closed roads and bridges to see if some counties qualify for federal disaster assistance.

Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director Joe Flynn says after a cold, snowy winter, warm weather and heavy rains starting on April 15 caused flooding that damaged roads and other infrastructure. The damage lasted until Friday when waters receded, allowing state and local roads to be reopened and repairs to start.

The state estimates the flooding cost over $1 million, the minimum required to qualify for federal assistance. Officials say Caledonia, Essex, Lamoille, and Orange counties may have enough damage to qualify for a federal disaster declaration.

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