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Vt. asking Obama for more help with Irene costs

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has asked the president to increase the state's federal reimbursement for damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene from 75 to 90 percent.

The Brattleboro Reformer reports Shumlin sent President Barack Obama the request after storm damage costs exceeded the $79.4-million threshold that triggers the higher Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursement rate.

State recovery and rebuilding costs have reached $82.6 million.

Shumlin said Wednesday if the request is approved, Vermont would receive another $30 million.

Shumlin is also asking Obama to increase the FEMA cost share for a snowstorm, windstorm and flooding that hit Vermont over the past year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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