MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving Vermont a big boost by helping defray the repair costs of a White River Junction railroad bridge nearly destroyed by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.
Gov. Peter Shumlin and the Congressional delegation announced Thursday that FEMA will pay $11 million under the Public Assistance program to help repair the structure known as Bridge 501.
The bridge was is imminent danger of collapse following the storm, which could have dammed the river and flooded nearby towns.
The total repair cost was $14.8 million.
Repairs to the bridge involved the largest crane in New England and underwater welding teams working in the swift currents of the White River.
The bridge was back in operation by Oct. 11, although site work continues.
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