FEMA Denies Individual Assistance After May Tornadoes

While the Trump administration approved a major disaster declaration for New Haven and Fairfield counties in connection with the May 15 tornadoes that caused extensive damage in several towns, FEMA has denied individual assistance. 

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Jeffrey Byrad, the associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, sent a letter to Gov. Dannel Malloy Tuesday that says the request for individual assistance for Fairfield and New Haven counties and the individual municipalities of Bridgewater, New Milford and Roxbury.

Hamden Mayor Curt Leng is asking residents to collect every receipt, quote and expense associated with the storm.  

Byrad’s letter goes on to say that the damage to the infrastructure in Litchfield County, including in Bridgewater, New Milford and Roxbury, was not severe enough to warrant public assistance designation under FEMA.

FEMA allows 30 days to appeal the decision.

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