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Disaster Assistance Announced for Portions of Connecticut

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that President Donald J. Trump approved federal funding in response to severe rain and flooding that impacted parts of the state in September. Assistance will be available for Middlesex and New London Counties, including the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes.

 

On September 25, 2018, Connecticut was struck by an extremely heavy rainfall event that went largely un-forecasted. Severe flooding caused extensive damage across a wide area of southern and eastern Connecticut. Homes, businesses, vehicles, and particularly roads, bridges, and culverts suffered heavy damage. A total of 4 to 8.5 inches fell in an 18-hour period across portions of the state, with rainfall rates ranging from 1 to 3 inches per hour.

 

Acting NRCS State Conservationist Joyce Purcell has announced that the agency will be accepting requests for assistance through the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program. The program allows communities to quickly address serious and long-lasting damages to infrastructure and to the land. The program’s timelines for assistance ensures NRCS must act quickly to help local communities cope with adverse impacts resulting from natural disasters. All projects must demonstrate that they reduce threats to life and property; be economically, environmentally and socially sound, and must be designed to acceptable engineering standards. The program also allows NRCS to establish non-traditional partnerships with sponsors to complete projects.

 

A 30-day window allows for individuals and towns from the affected areas to contact Arthur Ramthun, the agency’s state conservation engineer, at (860) 871-4030, or via email at arthur.ramthun@ct.usda.gov.  Inquiries must be made by January 14, 2019. Properties will be assessed and if they are qualified, will be submitted to national headquarters for consideration.

 

Governor Dannel P. Malloy was quoted as saying, “The heavy rain had a significant impact on parts of our state, causing damage to roads and bridges. I thank the federal government for continuing to be a partner in the recovery from this event and for the approval of this declaration.”