Report shows Washington County had most declared disasters from 2011 to 2021

The Time Argus: A timely report on natural disasters and infrastructure in Vermont shows Washington County saw 11 declared disasters over a 10-year period – the most in the state, not including last month’s flooding.

On Thursday, the nonprofit Rebuild by Design released its report titled, “Atlas of Disaster: Vermont.” The organization operates out of New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge. It held a virtual news conference Thursday morning to announce the report’s release and to talk about its findings. Residents can go to to view the full report.

Amy Chester, Rebuild by Design’s managing director, said her organization connects global expertise with local communities and governments to come up with large-scale climate solutions, typically focused on infrastructure and policy. Chester said the organization got its start during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“So we absolutely understand what you are going through right now, and are deeply, deeply sorry for all the loss that your state has had. And we know that it’s not going to be very easy to rebuild and it takes a very long period of time,” she said.

Chester said the report includes county-level data, climate-related statistics, a guide for states to build a collaborative program and new finance tools.

From 2011 to 2021, she said this report found Vermont has experienced 17 federally declared major disasters resulting from extreme weather. Chester said 15 of those were because of tropical storms and flooding.

She said Vermont is ranked fifth in the country for per capita post-disaster federal assistance and seventh in the country for number of recent disaster occurrences, tied with Alabama, Texas and West Virginia. Read more>>