New York Power Authority and New York Department of Environmental Conservation Send Engineers to Perform Dam Safety Inspections in Vermont
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Coordinating Mutual Aid Requests from Vermont, as New York State Stands Ready to Offer Additional Assistance
Assistance is Part of Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a National Disaster Relief System for Sharing Assistance Between States
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that New York State will aid the State of Vermont in recovery efforts following historic floods that occurred between July 7 and July 12. New York has deployed nine engineers from the New York Power Authority and the Department of Environmental Conservation to Montpelier, Vermont to assist in performing dam safety evaluations throughout the state. The engineers will perform expedited visual safety inspections on non-hydroelectric and non-federally licensed dams. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services is coordinating additional incoming requests for assistance from Vermont and State agency partners stand ready to provide resources as necessary.
"Embracing the responsibility of being a good neighbor is what defines New Yorkers," Governor Hochul said. "Following historic flooding that has had catastrophic effects on Vermont communities, I am directing employees from the New York Power Authority and Department of Environmental Conservation to assist in safety inspections throughout the State of Vermont. In times of need, New Yorkers can always be counted on to lend a helping hand."
Under the direction of Governor Hochul, New York State responded to Vermont Governor Phil Scott's request for assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a national disaster relief system that allows states to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to assist with response and recovery efforts in other states. New York Power Authority (NYPA) engineers were deployed on Sunday, July 16 and will remain in Vermont until Saturday, July 22. Members of the Department of Environmental Conservation's dam safety team were deployed to Montpelier today and will remain in Vermont for two weeks.
New York Power Authority Acting President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll said, "The New York Power Authority is proud to assist the State of Vermont in its time of need. The NYPA engineers deployed throughout Vermont will lend their expertise to assist in Vermont's dam safety inspections, reducing the risk of dam failures and additional flooding, and safeguarding Vermont communities and wildlife."
Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos said, "New York State is all too familiar with the devastation that flooding can cause, and we are fortunate to have a team of experts closely monitoring our dams and other crucial infrastructure to help ensure the protection of waterways and public safety. DEC is proud to share our staff's dam safety expertise with our partners in Vermont to assist with a speedy recovery from this latest severe flooding emergency."
The dam inspections will prioritize dams that have the potential to impact communities if they were to fail. There are more than 400 dams located within Vermont that impound enough water to pose a risk should the dam fail.
Established in 1996, the Emergency Management Assistance Compact is an all-hazards, all-discipline mutual aid compact that helps provide a consistent, coordinated response to disasters across the country and establishes a legal framework for reimbursement between states.