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Gov. Malloy Urges Municipal Leaders to Work With State on Collecting Critical Data Needed in Aftermath of Tuesday’s Tornadoes and Severe Storms

Information from Municipalities is Critical in State’s Efforts to Apply for Potential Federal Aid

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today is urging municipal leaders in towns and cities affected by Tuesday’s tornadoes and severe storms to partner with the state and collect the critical data that will be needed to determine whether thresholds to request a Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government have been met. A potential declaration could permit the state and its eligible municipalities to receive federal aid that can offset some of the costs that residents, businesses, and state and local governments are facing in the aftermath of the damaging storms.

The National Weather Service has confirmed at least four tornadoes touched down in Connecticut on Tuesday. Two people were killed during the storms when trees fell on their vehicles in Danbury and New Fairfield, and thousands remain without power as the clean-up continues.

“There is no doubt that Tuesday’s storms wreaked severe damage on many neighborhoods and it will take time for all of those who were affected to recover, which is why it is critical for every municipality to collect the data needed to support a potential request for a federal disaster declaration,” Governor Malloy said.

The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is in the process of sending municipalities the information necessary to conduct an initial pre-assessment review of eligible damages and costs. This includes:

  • Uninsured major damage to homes and businesses
  • Eligible costs for emergency protective measures
  • Eligible costs for road clearance and debris removal
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