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FEMA asked to reconsider aid denial

By Bradley Koltz

Connecticut State Senator Michael McLachlan (R-24) sent a letter to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency recently asking the agency to reconsider its denial of financial assistance to individual victims of the storms on May 15th.

The letter to FEMA Administrator William Brock Long cited 110 mile per hour wind speeds that toppled nearly 1,500 trees and resulted in two deaths.

"I have witnessed firsthand the damage caused by these storms to individual homeowners, including trees falling onto roofs of homes and causing property damage, and, unfortunately, numerous individuals losing their homes. Many of these individuals are now left with hefty damage costs," Sen. McLachlan wrote. "These storms devastated our communities and individual properties."

The letter was in response to a recent FEMA announcement that it would reimburse local governments in Fairfield and Hartford Counties for up to 70 percent of storm cleanup costs.

However, it denied direct assistance for homeowners, as well as the communities of Bridgewater, New Milford, and Roxbury, which also sustained storm damage.

"While the Malloy Administration has 30 days to appeal FEMA's denial, the individuals impacted by the storms have been dealing with the devastation for three months," Sen. McLachlan. "Cold weather is just around the corner and these homeowners can't wait. How is it acceptable to help the towns, but not the people?"


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