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Wednesday, 13 June 2018 13:59

FEMA Teams Hit Ground In Connecticut As Lawmakers Stress Need For Aid After May Storms

(TNS) - As teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency set out to do their first tours of the damage from powerful storms that devastated some Connecticut towns last month, two members of the state’s congressional delegation said every effort was underway to get federal assistance to help with the cleanup.

“The costs are in the tens of millions, if not the hundreds of millions of dollars,” U.S. Sen Richard Blumenthal said Monday morning outside the public works department in Hamden, one of the hardest-hit towns. “We don’t know the precise numbers but that’s why FEMA is here. They are going to be fanning out across the state.”

FEMA was called in at the request of the state and will spend the better part of the week doing preliminary assessments. They were joined by a number of teams from the state.

“We are committed to stay here as long as it takes to accomplish this mission,” said Diego Alvarado, a spokesman for FEMA.

Alvarado said the process for the state to get federal assistance is still in its early stages. The visit this week provides Gov. Dannel P. Malloy with the information to seek a disaster declaration and then the information goes to the president’s office for the necessary proclamation to approve assistance, officials said. The process, they said, could take months.