Disaster declaration sought for Connecticut tornado recovery
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s governor is asking for the federal government to help with the recovery from tornadoes and other storms that hit parts of the state in May.
The office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Monday New Haven and Fairfield counties and some towns in Litchfield County sustained enough damage to qualify for a presidential disaster declaration.
A total of four tornadoes touched down in six towns in the state during the storms on May 15. Two people died in Danbury and New Fairfield when trees hit their vehicles, and more than 120,000 homes and businesses lost power.
If granted the declaration would provide federal reimbursement of 75 percent for eligible municipal and state costs. The governor’s office says homeowners could also receive up to $34,000 for costs related to uninsured damage.