State to Receive Federal Aid in Wake of January Blizzard

The office of Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Wednesday afternoon that the state will receive federal aid in connection with the January blizzard that buried parts of the state under nearly 3 feet of snow.

Federal funds will benefit Connecticut state agencies, along with towns in New London, Windham and Tolland counties and the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations, according to Malloy's office.

Those agencies and municipalities will be reimbursed 75 percent of the money they spent cleaning up after the blizzard, which hit the state Jan. 26-28 of this year.

It comes with the blessing of President Barack Obama, who on Wednesday approved Malloy's request to declare a major disaster in Connecticut.

"We had extraordinary weather this winter – and through smart decisions, we got through it. We’re pleased that we were successful in our application," Malloy said in a statement Wednesday. "This declaration will provide much needed financial assistance to the state and to the municipalities hardest hit by the January blizzard."

All Connecticut counties and tribal nations are can also apply for financial assisance under the Federam Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, according to the governor's office.

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