Vt. gov. seeks vacation homes for flood victims

By the Associated Press | September 6, 2011 | 3:35 PM EDT

MORETOWN, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's governor is asking anyone who owns a second home in the state to let displaced Irene flood victims use it temporarily.

Citing preliminary assessments that show about 700 homes were damaged or destroyed in the Aug. 28 flood, Gov. Peter Shumlin says he hopes second homeowners will step up to fill the need for temporary housing.

He says assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency won't go all the way to getting most people who lost everything to flooding situated in their own housing.

He made the comments Tuesday in Moretown, flanked by a couple whose mobile home was destroyed.

According to FEMA's preliminary damage estimate, about 125 Vermont homes were destroyed by Irene and about 570 suffered major damage.