FEMA is conducting preliminary disaster assessments in several towns Monday and Tuesday to determine if they are eligible for federal relief assistance after the flash floods in September.
The storm on Sept. 25 dropped more than 5 inches of rains in parts of the state and washed out roadways in several different towns in New London and Middlesex counties.
Clinton First Selectwoman Christine Goupil said in her town alone damage is significant. A road at the Morgan School is washed away, and she said there’s damage to the Connecticut Water Pump Station that supplies drinking water.
“We’re definitely tipping over $1 million now,” Goupil said.
FEMA assessors will survey the damage to estimate the cost of repairs.
“The numbers that are gathered as a result of this assessment may be used by the governor to request a presidential disaster declaration,” Diego Alvarado from FEMA said.
The FEMA assessment is for municipalities. While many homes flooded, there wasn’t enough damage to qualify for federal aid.
Homeowners like Terrance Russell are left to deal with their insurance companies that may or may not cover all the damage.
“Water came up to the second floor you could just hear everything falling over downstairs and stuff breaking,” he said. “I lost my uniforms from the military. I lost clothes. I lost everything.”