The state’s request has been approved for a federal major disaster declaration in connection with Tropical Storm Isaias in August 2020, Gov. Ned Lamont announced Wednesday.
The declaration includes the approval of public assistance for the entire state, which gives Connecticut agencies, municipalities and the state’s two tribal nations the ability to receive federal reimbursement.
That reimbursement will be for 75 percent of all eligible costs associated with repairing public infrastructure damaged by the storm.
The storm slammed the region in on Aug. 4, 2020, ripping down trees, power lines and utility poles.
Over 750,000 power outages were reported statewide, with some without power for up to a week. There were hundreds of broken poles and damaged transformers. Hundreds of roads were blocked by fallen trees, tree limbs, downed wires and utility poles. There were two reported fatalities and five serious injuries attributed to the storm, according to Lamont.
“This declaration will provide much-needed financial assistance to our state and its municipalities in covering the costs associated with emergency protective measures and repairing damage to public infrastructure that was caused by this devastating storm,” Lamont said in a statement Wednesday.
Lamont requested the president for the emergency declaration in September 2020 for all eight counties, as well as for the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes.
The federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program has also been approved statewide, which helps state agencies, municipalities and the state’s two tribal nations with the costs for actions that can reduce or eliminate long-term risk to property and life from future natural disasters.