The U.S. Department of Labor today is awarding a $1.68 million National Emergency Grant to help Vermont’s cleanup and recovery efforts from Tropical Storm Irene.

“Severe flooding and winds from Tropical Storm Irene damaged public buildings, shelters, bridges, roads, trails and fields throughout Vermont and claimed five lives,” says Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “This federal grant will create temporary jobs for eligible workers to contribute to cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation, reconstruction and safety efforts to help the people of Vermont begin to recover.”

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