Storm Damage Estimate-- $4.39 Million - NBC Connecticut

Storm Damage Estimate-- $4.39 Million



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    The damage totals are coming in -- and the price tag for the devastating storms that hit Connecticut recently is over $4 million -- with the bulk of that damage in Fairfield County.

    The Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) estimates that there has been $4.39 million of damages statewide, and $2.8 million worth of damage in Fairfield County alone.

     Fairfield County will now qualify for federal disaster assistance.

     “I am asking FEMA to come to Connecticut to review and verify these damage estimates as soon as possible,” said Gov. Jodi M. Rell. “Once they visit, the process of requesting relief to cities and towns gets put in motion.”

    The storm ravaged the entire state the weekend of March 13 -- with Fairfield County getting hit the hardest.  Tens of thousands of residents lost power, and a number of schools were closed for several days.   Gov. Rell declared a state of emergency last Tuesday.

     “This storm was among the most destructive to ever hit Fairfield County, and the damage is simply astounding,” she stated.