WALLINGFORD — Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency visited town Tuesday to survey the damage from last month’s microburst.
Diego Alvarado, FEMA spokesman, said the agency made the inspection with local and state officials.
”We are here at the request and support of the state,” Alvarado said.
Public Works Director Henry McCully said teams accompanying FEMA consisted of public works, fire department and electric division employees.
McCully said teams assessed areas from 10 a.m. until noon. Some of the areas visited were Halsey Drive, Patton Road, Long Hill Road, Country Club Lane and Pire Memorial Park.
“These were the areas that were hit the hardest,” McCully said. “As we drove through town (FEMA) got to see the damage.”
Pire Park, located on Northfield Road, “really received a tremendous amount of damage,” he added.
Alvarado said FEMA conducted preliminary damage assessments, a process in which they review the extent of the destruction in order to make a “disaster declaration.” The assessment included damage to homes and property.
If FEMA makes a disaster declaration, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy would need to submit a formal request to FEMA and the president for financial assistance.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, said getting the president to approve the declaration will be a challenge.
”The preliminary damage assessment is a significant first step that should be done promptly so that there is an emergency declaration,” said Blumenthal.
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