President Barack Obama has approved Gov. Dan Malloy’s request for a major disaster declaration for the state’s record-breaking February blizzard, during which Darien received between about a foot of snow.
The declaration will allow the state and local governments to apply for financial assistance to help pay for the costs of the storm. Costs incurred 48 hours after the storm in Fairfield, Litchfield, New London, Tolland, Windham and Middlesex counties, and the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nations are eligible for assistance; 72 hours for Hartford and New Haven counties.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, policy restricts snow assistance to 48 hours unless a county has received snowfall that exceeds the previous record by fifty percent. Malloy has directed the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to prepare an appeal to extend the assistance period to 72 hours for all counties.
“This declaration will provide much needed financial assistance to our municipalities and the state,” Malloy said. “I would like to thank President Obama for his continued support during the devastating storms Connecticut has encountered. Time and again, the President has shown that the federal government is a real partner in getting life back to normal after an extreme weather event.”
In addition, all counties and tribal nations in Connecticut are eligible to apply for assistance under the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, which provides assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.