Maine National Guard to help Vt. flood recovery

Posted Sept. 02, 2011, at 9:18 a.m.
Last modified Sept. 02, 2011, at 3:18 p.m.

MONTPELIER, Vt. — Almost 200 National Guard soldiers from Maine and 50 from West Virginia are on their way to Vermont to help the state recover from flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

The Maine soldiers belong to the 262nd Engineers. The Vermont Guard is asking other states for dump trucks.

Vermont National Guard spokesman Lloyd Goodrow says they will all work in the affected area to help improve road access to communities that were cut off by flooding from Irene.

Hundreds of Vermont roads and bridges are closed or damaged and dozens of communities were devastated by flooding from Irene.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage said six members of the Maine Air National Guard’s 265th Combat Communications Squadron out of South Portland also will assist in Vermont.

The estimated costs associated with the Maine deployment, including personnel and equipment costs, will be approximately $1.5 million, LePage said. As part of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, Vermont will reimburse Maine for expenses related to this deployment, he said.

Helicopters from the National Guard of New Hampshire and Illinois have worked to ferry emergency supplies to towns that had been cut off by damage from the flooding.

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