On Thursday, June 7, 2012, the NADO Research Foundation held the webinar “Lessons Learned from Irene: Regional Planning Commission Involvement in Recovery of Vermont’s Transportation Network,” which featured a joint presentation from two regional planning commissions (RPCs) that make up the statewide network, the Vermont Association of Planning and Development Agencies (VAPDA). Pam Brangan, Chittenden County RPC, and Katharine Otto, Southern Windsor County RPC, shared the impacts wreaked by Tropical Storm Irene last August and the work completed by the state’s regional planning commissions to assist with response and recovery of the state’s transportation infrastructure.
Following the severe flooding that damaged infrastructure, utilities, buildings, and communities, the Vermont Agency of Transportation asked the state’s RPCs to assist with mapping and data collection, resource matching, communications, help with FEMA Public Assistance, and technical assistance to communities. Although these tasks were related to the transportation and hazard mitigation planning that RPCs regularly conduct, they went far beyond the typical scope of the RPCs’ training and work. As a result, the members of VAPDA divided responsibilities, with organizations whose regions were less impacted providing support to those regions with more damage.
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