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ETA News Release: [12/03/2012]
Contact Name: Gloria Della or Laura McGinnis
Phone Number: (202) 693-4679 or x4653
Release Number: 12-2345-BOS

US Department of Labor awards grant increment to continue recovery efforts in Vermont following Tropical Storm Irene

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $350,000 National Emergency Grant increment that will fund temporary jobs for workers to assist with continuing cleanup and recovery efforts in Vermont following the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011.

"I am pleased that today's funds will provide additional assistance to continue important cleanup and recovery efforts, as Vermont was devastated by last year's widespread flooding that damaged many homes and businesses," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment and Training Jane Oates.

On Sept. 1, 2011, the Federal Emergency Management Agency declared Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor counties eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program. More information on designated disaster areas in Vermont is available from FEMA at http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4022/affected-counties.

On Sept. 15, 2011, a National Emergency Grant was awarded to the Vermont Department of Labor for up to $1.68 million, with $560,000 released initially. This latest increment of $350,000 will bring the total funds awarded to date to $910,000. Additional funding up to the amount approved will be made available as the state demonstrates a continued need for assistance.

National Emergency Grants are part of the secretary of labor's discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state's ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG/