DANBURY, Conn. -- Federal and state agencies continue to work together to help Connecticut residents and business owners in Fairfield, Hartford and Litchfield counties recover from the high winds, heavy rains and flooding brought by Tropical Storm Floyd.
"As a result," Federal Coordinating Officer Sharon L. Stoffel said, "three weeks after the September 23 disaster declaration, nearly $700,000 in storm aid has been approved for residents and businesses with storm-related losses and damage."
"Disaster claims will continue to be processed until everyone in the affected counties receives the recovery assistance to which they are entitled," State Coordinating Officer John T. Wiltse said.
Significant statistics as of October 14:
- 603 Connecticut residents and business owners have registered for various local, state and federal programs by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) toll-free registration line
- 192 residents who sustained damage and losses have been approved to receive $388,980 in disaster housing assistance. These grants are used to help pay for temporary housing or to make minimal repairs that would make homes livable
- 15 homeowners/renters have been approved to receive $241,400 in U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) low-interest loans.
- 23 registrants have been approved to receive $59,598 in grant funds through the state-administered Individual and Family Grant (IFG) program. The grants provide for serious disaster-related losses not covered by insurance or other programs.
People with tropical storm-related damage and losses who have not already registered for aid are encouraged to do so immediately by calling 1-800-462-9029, 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The application deadline is November 22.
Those who have already registered for disaster assistance but who need further information about available programs or who wish to check the status of their applications may call the toll-free FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321, 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.
Hours of operation for both the registration line and the Helpline are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week until further notice.