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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

After Reneging, State Reverses on Shoreline Help Promise

By James Lomuscio

Westport’s shoreline homeowners, who learned last month they would not receive the FEMA money the state had promised to raise their homes above floodwaters, got a big lift this weekend.

After pressure from local officials and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the state’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) informed First Selectman Jim Marpe Friday that the $16 million in FEMA funds would not only go for state municipal projects, but homeowners, too, as promised.

And on Tuesday, Marpe expects DEMHS Deputy Commissioner William Shea’s official announcement that homeowners whose applications are approved are eligible for up to a $100,000 hazard mitigation reimbursement.

“I spoke late Friday afternoon with Deputy Commissioner Shea, and he gave me a preview of what I assume will be a letter early this week which will describe these awards, the process, the scope of the awards and the conditions,” Marpe said today.

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