Legislators representing central Vermont unveiled a comprehensive flood relief bill today, aiming to bolster support for communities ravaged by the 2023 flooding and landslides. This omnibus legislation, tentatively titled the Flood Recovery Act, signifies a proactive Legislature seeking to address both short- and long-term needs in the aftermath of the July and December weather events.

Led by a coalition of Barre City and Montpelier lawmakers — Rep. Jonathan Williams, Barre City; Rep. Peter Anthony, Barre City; Rep. Kate McCann, Montpelier; and Rep. Conor Casey, Montpelier — this bill is designed to provide crucial support and resources essential for the recovery and reconstruction process. It appropriates over $85 million towards tax relief, business grants and funding for vital mitigation and preparedness endeavors.