New Fairfield's First Selectman has written to Governor Malloy urging him to appeal FEMA's decision not to provide aid to individuals impacted by the May 15th storm. Pat Del Monaco says while she is grateful for the approval of FEMA assistance to municipalities, she is disappointed by the other denial.
The macroburst destroyed 22 homes, left 24 residences with major structural damage and an additional 59 homes with minor structural damage. Residential damage in New Fairfield is estimated to approach $10 million. Del Monaco added that residents also lost vehicles, boats and other structures, such as garages.
Of approximately 4,800 households, about 20 percent qualify as ALICE households (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) as defined by the United Way of Western Connecticut, and approximately 30 percent of the Town’s population is over the age of 55. Del Monaco says many of these seniors rely on fixed incomes and cannot afford the substantial costs of storm recovery.