The Brookfield Board of Selectmen has approved more funding for the emergency clean up of debris from the May 15th macroburst. They totaled up expenses and was at $1.4 million for damage repair, overtime and cleaning up the town right of ways. The town originally approved $1.5 million for the effort, but the job isn't done yet.
The Board asked the Board of Finance to allocate another $200,000 from the General Fund be allocated to Public Works. Brookfield has asked for aid from FEMA. First Selectman Steve Dunn says their FEMA coordinator has said the town has a good case.
It could be late August before FEMA makes a decision though.
Connecticut asked yesterday for the federal government to help with the recovery from tornadoes and other storms that hit New Haven and Fairfield counties and some towns in Litchfield County. Some towns sustained enough damage to qualify for a presidential disaster declaration.
If granted, the declaration would provide federal reimbursement of 75 percent for eligible municipal and state costs. The governor's office says homeowners could also receive up to $34,000 for costs related to uninsured damage.