As damages rise to $27 million, Malloy seeks ‘major disaster’ declaration

Seeking additional aid to clean up from the October snow storm, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today signed a request for the federal government to declare a major disaster in every Connecticut county except New London.

“I’m expecting swift action from the federal government sometime next week,” Malloy said. “Certainly, I’d be disappointed if they did not respond next week.”

The federal government already approved a limitied disaster declaration, which assures municipalities they will be reimbursed for 75 percent of eligible cleanup costs incurred in the 72 hours after heavy snows splintered trees across much of the state.

The preminarly estimate for clearing downed trees from streets is $27 million.

“But we’re going to be cleaning up this mess for months to come,” Malloy said.