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Tropical Storm Irene Resources

The following resources and information has been gathered to assist with the recovery from Tropical Storm Irene. Additional information can be found at the Agency of Natural Resources' Flood Recovery and Clean Up webpage and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development's Flood website.


Trees and Flooding

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Trees and Flooding

Private Woodlands

Contact your County Forester or consulting forester with your woodland management questions. We are learning and gaining experience every day so we can help you make informed decisions as you care for your woodlots.

Assess and Stabilize Roads and Trails


Work around streams and stream crossings




Roads, Trails and Parks Status

Tropical Storms Irene has impacted several roads and trails. Below you can access the latest information on their condition status.



FEMA Debris Management Assistance

Vermont received a federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance (public property, some non-profits) damage statewide (except Grand Isle County) and Individual Assistance (private homeowners and businesses) in certain counties - see FEMA Disaster Declaration.

Vermont Emergency Management is a good place to get the most current information on assistance from FEMA.

FEMA Vegetation Debris Management Guidelines
The Public Assistance Program provides grants to state and local governments and certain non-profit entities to assist them with the response to and recovery from disasters. Specifically, the program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure. Under debris removal, FEMA will reimburse for vegetative management including whole tree, limb and debris removal.

Ultimately, FEMA is interested in the volume of debris, collection method, reduction method and final disposal of eligible debris. Below are the guidelines on what qualifies for assistance under vegetation. For more detailed information, refer to FEMA's 325 Debris Management Guide.

FEMA 325 Debris Management Guide: Vegetation

Whole Tree Removal

All of these must be met:

1. Was damage caused by the disaster?
2. Is it an immediate threat to lives, public health and safety, or improved property?
3. Is it greater than 6” DBH?

At least one of these must be met:

1. 50% or greater of the crown is lost, damaged, or destroyed
2. Split trunk or broken branches exposing heartwood
3. Fallen or has been uprooted within public-use area
4. >30 degree lean angle

Hazard Limb Removal

A hazard limb is:

1. located on improved property
2. >2” diameter at point of breakage
3. attached to the tree
4. threatening public-use area


Debris Removal

Eligible Debris Removal

1. Generated by the declared disaster
2. Located within designated disaster area
3. Located on improved property or ROW
4. It is the legal responsibility of the applicant



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