The one year anniversary of the devastating macroburst was just last week, and some Greater Danbury area families still cleaning up.
Members of Connecticut's federal delegation are trying once again to get FEMA funding for individuals. 5th District Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and Senators Murphy and Blumenthal have introduced the Diversifying Emergency Benchmarks for the Recovery of Individuals after Storms Act.
The DEBRIS Act would end the ban on federal disaster relief aid to homeowners for fallen trees and debris. The bill would be retroactive to May 1, 2018.
Clearing fallen trees from a major disaster can be costly and homeowners insurance does not typically cover removal of trees and debris that has not caused damage to a structure. While Connecticut is receiving federal disaster aid to cover public expenses in Fairfield and New Haven Counties, individual property owners have been left to fend for their own.
Murphy met with homeowners impacted by the supercell storms and saw firsthand the devastation. He says the federal government should be stepping in to make sure families have the tools they need to respond to a natural disasters.