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Federal Project Funds Post-Irene Still Available

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Officials say there's still $11 million available in federal funds for Vermont cities and towns eligible for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program following Tropical Storm Irene.

The money is no longer available after July 12.

The funds help communities make improvements to public infrastructure and private property that are designed to lessen the effects of future disasters.

Officials say some cities and towns have used the funds to raise roads, replace culverts, flood-proof buildings, and buy out flood-prone properties.

More than $14 million in such projects have been approved by the state over the past 18 months.

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