July 10, 2018

Malloy files federal disaster declaration

PHOTO | Eversource
PHOTO | Eversource
Eversource crews in Brookfield.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he requested a federal presidential disaster declaration, which could pave the way for funding assistance to help municipalities recover from a storm in May that left more than 150,000 homes without power.

Malloy announced Monday he submitted the declaration after four tornadoes and severe storms swept through Connecticut on May 15. The requests were made for the hardest-hit communities, including New Haven and Fairfield counties and towns in Litchfield County.

"As some towns continue with the recovery from the destructive weather, we asking the federal government to provide assistance to those that were devastated by the storms," the governor said.

Connecticut's request seeks Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) public and individual assistance. If approved for public assistance, affected municipalities will receive federal reimbursement of 75 percent for eligible municipal and state costs. Approval for individual assistance will grant homeowners up to a maximum of $34,000 for uninsured cleanup costs.

Malloy says he will also pursue a Small Business Administration disaster loan program, which provides further assistance to residents and businesses in the eligible counties.

Two days after the storm, the governor signed a Declaration of Civil Preparedness Emergency to help municipalities recover from storm damage. The emergency order gives state agencies flexibility to assist affected communities.

The National Weather Service had reported at least four tornadoes hit Connecticut during the storm, which caused two deaths in Danbury and New Fairfield.

More electric lines were downed during the storms compared to Superstorm Sandy in 2012, according to Eversource Energy.

Almost 6,000 Eversource customers were left without power about six days after the storm hit. The hardest hit towns included Brookfield, Danbury, Monroe and Newtown.

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