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Guests: Rep. Dan Noyes, Rep. Kelly Pajala

Vermonters up and down the Green Mountains were impacted by devastating flooding that occurred the week of July 10th. A few weeks after the climate event, I walked the streets of Johnson with Representative Dan Noyes (D-Wolcott), assessing firsthand the damages and work to rebuild. That conversation, along with input from other legislators, was the base for a special episode that you can listen to here.

For Part 2 of that conversation, and also the first episode of season 2 of the Democracy Dispatch podcast, I catch up with Rep. Noyes to give an update on progress and how his communities are recovering and responding to future flooding threats, like the ones we experienced just weeks ago. Joining our conversation is Representative Kelly Pajala (I-Londonderry) who represents four towns in the southern Green Mountains at the convening of Windham, Windsor, and Bennington counties. She was unable to join the conversation in July because she herself was impacted by the flooding, displaced from her home while also occupied with helping her fellow community members recover. The two discuss efforts in their communities, what’s on their mind as they rebuild, and what policies they are focused on getting across the finish line by the end of the session.

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