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Webinar: Lessons Learned from Irene: RPC Involvment in Recovery of Vermont's Transportation Network

  • 06/07/2012
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Webinar

Speakers: Katharine Otto, Southern Windsor County RPC, and Pam Brangan, Chittenden County RPC


Registration is free but must be completed in advance to reserve a seat.


Overview: In August 2011, intense rainfall from Tropical Storm Irene caused flash flooding and inundation across Vermont, particularly in the southern half.  Within 24 hours the flood waters washed away and severely damaged roads, bridges, culverts, utilities, and buildings, leaving behind devastated communities and a crippled transportation network.  Due to the extent and magnitude of the damage, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) requested assistance from the state's Regional Planning Commissions (RPCs) that was beyond the normal scope of their work, training, and funding.  No advance plans or procedures were in place for this type of response and recovery effort.  Prior to Irene, the transportation work of RPCs had focused on planning, although RPCs did perform some hazard mitigation planning and had some training for emergency response.  This webinar will focus on how the lessons learned in Vermont can help other regional planning and development organizations be a valuable asset in future disaster recovery for transportation infrastructure.

The webinar will be recorded.  Additional webinars on disaster recovery, transportation planning, and other topics will be announced in the coming weeks.  Check www.NADO.org and www.RuralTransportation.org for updates.

This webinar is being held by the NADO Research Foundation's Center for Transportation Advancement and Regional Development with support through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration.  For more information, visit

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Please contact NADO Associate Director Carrie Kissel by email or at 202.624.8829 if you have questions about the webinar.

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