Resilience Initiative for Vermont Empowerment and Recovery (RIVER)


RIVER is a project dedicated to developing locally supported ideas for reducing flood damage in several municipalities around the state that were hit hard in July 2023.  In the WRC Region, that includes Jamaica, Londonderry and Weston. Community discussions for this project are being led by the WRC in concert with the affected towns.  Information about the project overall is available on the project website.

Persons with ideas or concerns about flooding in those towns can provide input through talking with Alyssa Sabetto at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and by using this link.

Real problems require real solutions, and these municipalities will be provided with engineering support to develop project applications. The culmination of RIVER will be a set of applications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for projects in 2025 and beyond. Other locally led projects may also be developed with other funding sources. This project is funded by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and Vermont Emergency Management, and is managed by the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission.

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 Flooding in Weston, July 2023.
Photo provided by Jim Linville.
Flooding in Londonderry, July 2023. 
Photo shared by Tom Cavanagh.

Last Updated: 14 May 2024
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