Elected officials make case for disaster aid following May storm

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal is expected meet with town leaders in Brookfield Friday to discuss federal funding for storm damage.

It's been one month since FEMA toured several communities still recovering from May's powerful storms.

Brookfield’s first selectman had asked residents to send in pictures of their damage. Images show that nearly every road was impacted by downed trees and power lines following the May 15 macroburst.

The town estimates close to $4 million in damage.

Tornadoes also touched down between Southbury and Oxford, between Beacon Falls and Hamden and in Barkhamsted and Winsted. Officials say two people were killed in Danbury and New Fairfield.

Sen. Blumenthal says in order to receive financial help, President Donald Trump will need to declare those towns "disaster areas."

"I'm building the case, the facts are there, meeting with local officials will give me the evidence I need to make the case in Washington that emergency disaster relief is necessary,” he says. “A declaration will enable us to get it."

Gov. Dannel Malloy says he sent in his request for aid this week.

Brookfield's first selectman says FEMA plans to respond by the end of August.

If the declaration is granted, towns will be reimbursed up to 75 percent of eligible costs.

Individual homeowners could receive up to $34,000 for uninsured damage.

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