Trump approves emergency declaration for Connecticut

Trump approves emergency declaration for Connecticut



 

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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