Trump Approves Emergency Declaration For Connecticut

August 07, 2020 - 10:12 am

WTIC/ Dana Whalen


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - President Donald Trump has approved an emergency
declaration for Connecticut that will allow the state to request federal aid for
damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaias, Gov. Ned Lamont said Friday.
 The Democratic governor said he spoke with the president by phone Thursday
night and urged him to expedite the process. The Federal Emergency Management
Agency told state officials on Friday morning that the declaration was approved.
 Tuesday's storm cut power to more than 700,000 homes and businesses in
Connecticut, killed two people and seriously injured five others. Scores of
trees and utility wires were knocked down.
 About 466,000 customers of Eversource and United Illuminating remained without
power Friday morning, down from 580,000 on Thursday afternoon. Eversource said
power will be restored to most of its customers by Tuesday night, while United
Illuminating said power restoration should be substantially completed by Monday.
 Many state residents are criticizing the utilities' preparation and response to
the storm, which are under investigation by state regulators.
 Lamont said state officials continue to assess the damage from the storm to see
whether Connecticut meets the thresholds to seek a major disaster declaration
from the federal government that would allow the state and its municipalities to
receive more federal aid.

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