FEMA Reps Tour State Storm Damage

Federal disaster relief officials toured the areas of Wethersfield and Farmington that were hardest hit by Friday's violent storm.

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured Wethersfield Tuesday morning.  A tornado ripped through a 1.7 mile stretch of town, damaging more than 70 homes, said Wethersfield Mayor Andrew Adil.  Six homes suffered such severe problems they have now been condemned, Adil said.

FEMA is in the process of working with state officials to tally damage estimates from private homes, businesses, and public buildings, said Fred Vanderschmidt, FEMA's Region One Deputy Director of Disaster Assistance.  "Our goal is to do this quickly, but our goal is to do it accurately," he said.  "We're gonna take the time that is needed to get a good solid picture of the damages."

The FEMA representatives toured damage in Farmington Tuesday afternoon.  That destruction was caused by heavy winds Friday. 

It could be days, if not weeks, before a final decision will be made on whether the area qualifies for federal assistance, officials said.

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