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FEMA: Nearly $1.3M Awarded to Connecticut for 2018 Storm Recovery Costs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday it has awarded nearly $1.3 million to Connecticut to reimburse the administrative costs of recovering from tornadoes and storms that struck the state on May 15, 2018.

The agency said the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection will receive a total of $1,275,694 in federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program “to reimburse it for the costs of administering the Public Assistance grants that the state received to respond to and recover from the storm.”

“A line of thunderstorms hit the southwest corner of the state, spawning multiple tornadoes and high winds that left two dead and hundreds of thousands without power after millions of trees were knocked down,” FEMA said in a statement. “Hundreds of homes were damaged and several state parks – Sleeping Giant, Kettletown, and Wharton Brook – were temporarily closed as a result of downed trees and damaged infrastructure.”

FEMA also noted that it awarded almost $19 million in public assistance grants to state and local governments for the disaster.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to reimburse Connecticut for the administrative costs incurred recovering from this storm,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich in the statement. “Recovery is a process that takes time and effort by state and local governments, and this grant recognizes those realities.”