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NO. R-149. JOINT RESOLUTION THANKING THE CITIZENS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT ASSISTED GRAND ISLE COUNTY AND THE TOWN OF SWANTON IN FRANKLIN COUNTY DURING AND AFTER THE 1998 ICE STORM.

(J.R.H. 107)

Offered by: Representatives Robb of Swanton, Edwards of Swanton and LaBarge of Grand Isle.

Whereas, Grand Isle County sustained severe damage during the already historic January 1998 ice storm, and

Whereas, many county residents were left without electricity for nearly two weeks, and

Whereas, despite the lack of electrical power, cows needed to be milked, and

Whereas, the severity of the electrical infrastructure damage on Isle La Motte, and in the town of Alburg, necessitated the immediate commencement of a major reconstruction project, and

Whereas, despite the hardships and difficulties caused by this most unusual and unwelcome meteorological event, through perseverance and a uniquely Vermont ingenuity, life in Grand Isle County continued, and

Whereas, the recovery effort was a combined effort of numerous individuals and organizations, and

Whereas, the emergency assistance that the Vermont National Guard, under the capable direction of Major General Martha Rainville, local health agencies and the Northern New England Chapter of the American Red Cross provided to Grand Isle County was pivotally important, especially during the storm's initial aftermath, and

Whereas, the American Legion and its auxiliary provided great aid and comfort to many of the storm's victims, and

Whereas, state and municipal government, including public safety officials, firefighters, village trustees and selectboards, cooperated to maximize their resources and minimize the discomfort of county residents, and

Whereas, citizens across the county, including many school-age youngsters, served as the county's most important source of strength and inspiration, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate:

That the General Assembly is proud to recognize the numerous individuals andorganizations that unselfishly assisted Grand Isle County during the 1998 ice storm, and

be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Major General Martha Rainville at the Vermont National Guard, the Northern New England Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Vermont Chapter of the American Legion and to each of the town clerks in Grand Isle County and the Swanton town and village clerks.