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FEMA to reimburse Conn. for response to 2018 tornado, storms

Damage from a line of thunderstorms hit the southwest corner of Connecticut in 2018 will be paid for through FEMA reimbursement.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending nearly $1.3 million to Connecticut for the administrative costs of recovering from the tornadoes and storms that struck on May 15th 2018.  The storms left two dead and hundreds of thousands without power after millions of trees were knocked down. Hundreds of homes were damaged and several state parks – Kettletown in Southbury, Sleeping Giant, and Wharton Brook – were temporarily closed as a result of downed trees and damaged infrastructure. The Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection will receive the federal funding through FEMA’s Public Assistance grant program to reimburse it for the costs of administering the Public Assistance grants that the state received to respond to and recover from the storm.  FEMA awarded nearly $19 million in Public Assistance grants to state and local governments for the disaster. Under the program, the agency awards administrative costs calculated as a percentage of the grants provided.

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