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Peter Shumlin

4 years after Irene some long-term projects nearing end

The first new building at the still under-reconstruction Vermont State office complex in Waterbury is now occupied by state employees and more are due back before the end of the year. Down Main Street, a new town office building is under construction. Those projects and more are the legacy of Tropical Storm Irene four years later. In some cases backroads are being built with bigger culverts or bridges. Deals have been made to buy scores of structures that were in the way of Irene's floodwaters; in some cases they have been removed and turned into areas that can be flooded the next time the waters rise without significant damage to property. Resiliency has become the watchword of...