State of Maine Assists VTrans in Irene Response

first_imgThe Maine Department of Transportation will be sending workers and equipment to Vermont in an effort to help respond to rebuilding the Vermont’s roads and bridges in response to Tropical Storm Irene. ‘We are so grateful to our neighboring states to help bolster our efforts at this time of need, ‘ said VTrans Secretary, Brian Searles.  ‘Just as neighbors are helping neighbors throughout Vermont, states are now helping states so that we can rebuild from this storm.’  Maine Governor, Paul LePage explained, ‘Maine has a long-standing tradition of helping neighbors in need, and this is no exception. The extraordinary damage in Vermont would compel any neighbor to assist however they can.’ One hundred and forty nine Maine DOT employees are expected to arrive at the Dummerston Incident Command Center on Tuesday.  They will be organized into two contingencies, one entering the state through Keene NH, the other via Lebenon into White River Junction at approximately 2pm.   Accompanying these employees will be 145 heavy equipment vehicles, including excavators, loaders, graders, dump trucks and other vehicles needed help speed Vermont’s recovery.   This past Friday, September 2, Vermont requested MaineDOT’s assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) which is administered through the Maine Emergency Management Agency.  Over the holiday weekend, an advance team from MaineDOT met with Vermont officials and toured the state, inspecting the damage. This team then worked to plan the mobilization of equipment and staff. Mobilization of equipment occurred during the weekend and Labor Day. MaineDOT has been mobilizing equipment in three different staging areas in preparation for the trip to Vermont. MaineDOT crews are planning to leave on Tuesday for Vermont. 149 MaineDOT employees volunteered to assist in the relief effort. It is expected that the duration of deployment will be a maximum of two weeks. The cost of the relief effort will be reimbursed from federal emergency relief funds administered through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. ‘We are fortunate in Maine not to have suffered similar damage to our roads and bridges. Storm repairs are continuing in Maine, but are not as extensive as those in Vermont. In this type of emergency situation, we can temporarily aid our neighbors to help speed their recovery,’ said MaineDOT Commissioner David Bernhardt.VTrans. 9.5.2011#30#last_img

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