A special “I am Vermont Strong” license plate that was issued in 2011 to raise money for recovery from Tropical Storm Irene will make a comeback after the state’s historic flooding, Gov. Phil Scott said Friday.
The plates were first released in 2012 and sold for several years. When the then Govt. Pat Shumlin expanded its availability in 2016, saying the plates came to symbolize the state’s toughness and resilience.
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“We’ll bring them back with a slightly new design,” Scott said at a news conference. “And it will also raise funds for flood relief and recovery efforts.”
Various fundraising efforts are underway to help homeowners and businesses get back on their feet. On Friday, Scott announced a $20 million state aid grant program for businesses that suffered physical damage from the flooding.
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Hundreds of businesses have filed damage reports from last week’s flooding, which left two months of normal rainfall in just a few days.
Vermont was under a flood watch until Friday evening when another storm developed. Some areas could get up to 3 inches of rain, according to the forecast.
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Swift water rescue teams have been deployed across the state.