Irene Recovery Focuses On How To Minimize Future Damage

One year after Tropical Storm Irene, the recovery process is still in high gear. It’s partly about pounding nails and painting walls, but it’s also about planning – and deciding what can be done to minimize the devastation of future storms.  Where financially feasible, the approach is to make homes more flood-proof by elevating them, installing floodgates in basements and using materials that can withstand a good soaking.  In the wake of Irene hundreds of unskilled volunteers helped with the cleanup.  But now that the work has turned to rebuilding, skilled volunteers are in demand.  The work is being done by Vermonters and teams from out-of-state organizations;  often faith-based groups.  Peter Edlund, construction analyst for Central Vermont Community Action, says there’s a big need for businesses that can provide expertise and materials for the recovery effort.

Vermont Public Radio

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