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Driscoll Announces $2.8M for Berkshire Communities Hit 2023 Flooding
By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
01:34PM / Saturday, January 20, 2024
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Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll talks about how the administration is addressing municipal vulnerability and funding for flooding damage from last summer's storm.

BOSTON — Relief is coming to communities hit by flooding last summer, including more than $1 million for North Adams.
Ten communities will get a total of $2,785,000 out of the first $10 million of disaster relief funding that had been part of the supplemental budget passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Maura Healey in December.  
Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll announced the first $10 million tranche to 37 communities at the business meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Association on Saturday.
"We know that this is happening more often," she said. "We know that oftentimes when you're hit with flooding, there's these immediate costs that you have as a community. You just got to spend it out spend it and then worry about it."
These storms during the summer of 2023 caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage but haven't been big enough to trigger disaster recovery from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. 
The torrential July 10 flooding in North Adams caused more than $4 million in damage to upwards of 20 streets and roads. Clarksburg suffered nearly $2 million in collapsed culverts and flooding in Town Hall. 
North Adams is in line for $1.225 million and Clarksburg $575,000. Also getting funding is Adams at  $525,000, Becket $315,000, Hinsdale $45,000, and  Dalton, Peru, Sandisfield, Sheffield and Washington at $20,000 each. 
This article will be updated. 
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