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FEMA continues preliminary damage assessment tour

Federal Emergency Management Agency teams continue to do a preliminary assessment of damage from the May 15th storms.  Danbury officials brought FEMA representatives to the Candlewood Lake area yesterday to see the affect of a macroburst that blew winds of more than 100 miles an hour through the region. 
Danbury's Civil Preparedness Director took FEMA officials on a 5 hour tour of storm damage yesterday.  Paul Estefan says the preliminary assessment teams took longer than planned because of the extent of the damage.
Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty has spent several days observing damage and reporting the information to FEMA.  It could take several months for the assessments to lead to a presidential disaster declaration, which could then open up federal aid.  Teams from FEMA spent three hours in Brookfield looking at the aftermath of the May 15th macroburst, and delayed going to see damage in Ridgefield.  Esty says the damage was more than FEMA anticipated.  

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