Bills for Irene rebuilding keep coming due in Vt.


MONTPELIER (AP) -- Tropical Storm Irene hit Vermont more than two years ago, but the state isn't done paying for its aftermath.

Deputy Administration Secretary Michael Clasen says he expects the administration will ask lawmakers for about $10 million this year toward rebuilding the Waterbury state office complex.

If the Legislature approves the amount, Clasen told Vermont Public Radio he didn't think officials would have to request any more money from the legislature for Irene recovery efforts.

"With the current estimates, our hope and belief is that this will be the last time we'll have to go for significant funding requests associated with Irene," he said.

Combined with previous state payments, money from the state's insurance policy and from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the total price tag for rebuilding in Waterbury is expected to be about $225 million.

Another expected cost is coming, as well. Waterbury rebuilding isn't expected to be finished for about two years.

The state is expected to pay about $7.2 million in rent on temporary space for workers until that is done.

Meanwhile, work is continuing on the Waterbury complex. Officials are finishing up the demolition of the parts of the complex that cannot be saved and rebuilding is expected to begin in earnest early next year.


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