Obama Approves Malloy’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration

Decision means seven of eight counties will get full federal assistance for repairs and cleanup after freak October storm; New London County gets partial help.


President Barack Obama on Thursday approved Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Nov. 11 request for a Major Disaster Declaration in the wake of the freak October snowstorm.

The declaration frees up the state and local governments and some nonprofit organizations to apply for federal funding to offset the costs of the storm, which dumped more than a foot of snow in some spots in the state.

The announcement came in a press release issued by Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, as Malloy was still on his way back from his trip to Afghanistan.

“On behalf of all of the residents of our state who were affected by this storm, I am pleased that the president has approved this declaration and assistance is headed to Connecticut cities and towns,” Wyman said. “This storm and its aftermath were indeed major disasters for citizens across the state. We appreciate the work the president and FEMA have done to help Connecticut recover.”

Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, Tolland and Windham counties received full federal assistance for emergency work and the repair of replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. New London County didn’t meet FEMA’s criteria for full assistance, but towns there are still eligible for help with up to 72 hours of debris removal and emergency protective measures.

Jim Hartzell November 19, 2011 at 04:13 PM
So what exactly does that do for the people affected by the storm? Where do people apply for this aid? Who qualifies? How do you qualify?
Beth Garofalo November 19, 2011 at 06:38 PM
I want to know when East Hampton is going to collect the debris from the side of the roadways. People were told by the Gov to place all branches and whatnot streetside for pick up and East Hampton has not picked any of it up. At least not by my residence. Some people don't have the physical ability to bring this stuff to the transfer station. Hope the town will use some of these funds to do this.


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