Flood victims in Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, Washington and Caledonia counties may find financial relief through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Representatives of the United States Department of Agriculture's conservation service are currently assessing the damage caused by the heavy rain and flooding last week.

John Titchner, state conservationist, said money from the Emergency Watershed Protection Program may be available to people in danger of land erosion or recurring floods.

The service is investigating needed work on a case-by-case basis. Some examples of the type of work that qualifies for this assistance include debris removal from stream channels, reshaping and protecting eroding streambanks and repairing damaged drainage facilities, levees and structures.

Emergency funds will not be used to solve problems existing before the disaster, nor will they be used to r

aise the level of protection that was present before the flood.

Anyone who believes his or her area qualifies for assistance should contact their local conservation service field office. The number for the Orleans County area is 334-8325. In Caledonia County, the number is 748-3885.

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The Caledonian-Record

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