FEMA inspectors spent five hours in New Fairfield last week assessing damage from the May 15th macroburst. One team looked at destruction of private property while another looked at town property.
As part of the assessment, FEMA measured and photographed the brush piles at the New Fairfield Drop Off Center. The material can now be chipped and disposed of. As soon as the current piles are removed, the Drop Center will resume accepting brush, at no charge, until curbside pick up begins.
New Fairfield has prepared a request for proposals for that brush removal, in accordance with FEMA guidelines. The Board of Selectmen held a special meeting yesterday afternoon to select a debris management company and recommended an expenditure to the Board of Finance for the removal of storm debris. A Town Meeting will be held on the 28th to approve funds.
The regional FEMA office will compile damage assessment information and forward it to Washington for consideration as part of the Federal Disaster Declaration anticipated for the area. Such a Declaration would include both the type and amount of aid available.