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Blumenthal tours New Milford storm damage to help appeal FEMA assistance denial

Senator Blumenthal met with several New Milford officials about FEMA rejection of municipal aid for clean up from the May 15th storms. Mayor Pete Bass says they toured the southern part of town, where damage is still visible. 


He says the storm didn't care if it hit Fairfield County or Litchfield County.  New Milford spent more than $250,000 for clean up and recovery.  The high school and animal shelter were damaged by the storm. 


Bass says that money came out of the budget, which could have been used for other needs in the town.  He wants the town considered with Fairfield County, which was approved for some municipal reimbursement.  They tried to do that through Region 5 Emergency Management.  It was denied the first time, but he says they're trying again. 


The state has 30 days from the FEMA ruling to appeal the decision rejecting aid for towns in Litchfield County and for individual assistance.

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