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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Rell Urges Residents to Report March Storm Damage

Gov. M. Jodi Rell today urged state residents and business owners in Fairfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, and Windham counties who experienced property damage from the March storms and flooding to report those damages to the state’s free Infoline, 2-1-1.

“We are appealing the federal government’s rejection of financial assistance for individuals and businesses severely affected by last month’s heavy downpours, high winds and flooding. We need residents and businesses to help the state make its case,” Rell said in a statement.

“Part of our appeal to President Obama and FEMA must include damage data in addition to what has already been collected.

“So from now through May 14, we need residents to call 2-1-1 and report their damages. Please do so even if you have reported your damages before. The information you provide can help us change the federal government’s decision.”

President Obama on Tuesday denied the governor’s request for Individual Assistance (IA) for five counties, including Fairfield County.

The governor has directed the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) to prepare an appeal of the decision.

Data will be collected through 6 p.m. Friday, May 14, rell said. The 2-1-1 Infoline will be fielding calls seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

Damage may also be reported on line at, she said.

“Residents and business owners will be asked approximately 10 to 12 questions about the extent of damage they received from the March storms,” Rell said. “This data collection process will help us in preparing our appeal.”


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