Residents along shoreline getting FEMA funds to help elevate homes after Sandy

A committee has decided that FEMA grant funds will go toward helping elevate homes in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. (2/16/14)

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MILFORD - Some residents along the shoreline of southwestern Connecticut could be getting some long-awaited help, as a committee has decided that FEMA grant funds will go toward helping elevate homes in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

The state committee charged with figuring out what to do with the federal mitigation grant had initially decided to use the $16 million for infrastructure improvements among local municipalities, instead of giving the money to homeowners.

That decision sparked some major backlash, and prompted Gov. Dannel Malloy to pen a letter asking committee members to reconsider.

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News 12 Connecticut has learned that the committee did revisit the decision, and now, homeowners who need to elevate their homes will be considered for a share of half of the $16 million grant.

The state committee will formally announce the change on Tuesday. From there, residents who initially applied for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant will be reconsidered. The final decision on who will get the money is ultimately left up to FEMA.

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