The Waitsfield Select Board, at an emergency meeting on Sunday night, May 22, declared a state of emergency as a result of the severe thunderstorm damage on Friday May 20.
In short term, the town has been and will continue to provide interim fixes to roads and curb cuts in order to ensure that all citizens have access to essential services. This interim work will be performed as quickly as possible.
· The town is also documenting all damage to roads, and encourages all town residents or businesses (residential, commercial, agricultural) to document and report any damages to the town offices. (496-2218).
· Town is working with Vermont Emergency Management and with FEMA to assess full extent of damage and to determine eligibility for disaster funds.
· Due to conditions resulting from storm, the select board has reduced the speed limit to 15mph on Tremblay Road and on the roads between the town’s two covered bridges (North, Joslin Hill, and lower East Warren). Effective immediately until further notice.
· The select board urged people to stay away from any eroded road edges, whether marked by cones or not, both in vehicles and on foot, because conditions may still be unstable and pavement may be undercut.