Governor Asks FEMA to Assess Storm Damage

Gov. Dannel Malloy is calling upon the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess storm damage in Eastern Connecticut after the blizzard earlier this week to determine whether federal assistance will be available.

The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection put in the request for FEMA to conduct a joint federal/state preliminary damage assessment in New London, Tolland and Windham counties.

“This was a devastating storm for parts of our state that many cities and towns are still recovering from,” Malloy said in a statement. “This assessment is the first step in the process of securing possible federal assistance for those communities that were hit the hardest.”

Some Connecticut towns received around 30 inches of snow between Monday and Tuesday, including Putnam, while Norwich received 2 feet of snow and New London received nearly that amount, according to the National Weather Service figures.

As towns continue to work on clearing snow, some schools remain closed, including in New London and Stafford.

After the initial assessments, Malloy will determine whether to make a major disaster declaration request, which could lead to FEMA reimbursing 75 percent of eligible costs and the state, tribal nations, or municipalities holding responsibility for 25 percent.

The request asks for damage assessments to begin the week of Feb. 9.

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