When Tropical Storm Irene raged through Vermont it shattered homes and businesses, roads and bridges. 1,400 households were displaced. Many people were left with nothing, except the muddied remnants of their belongings. Some lost their homes and their jobs. The storm had eroded the foundations of many people’s lives. But others reached out to help.
Hundreds of millions of dollars were donated and appropriated to help people, businesses and towns recover.
VPR's Mapping the Money project documents where the Irene relief money came from and where it was spent.
The project begins with a detailed exploration of FEMA funding, by far the largest source of recovery funds. Our data includes a town-by-town breakdown of the money spent for public and individual assistance, along with a listing of the millions of dollars that went to state agencies and other organizations.
Soon, we’ll post more information detailing the contributions of nonprofits, municipalities and state agencies.