Delegation Asks Obama for Tornado Damage Aid

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s congressional delegation is asking President Barack Obama to reconsider the denial of federal aid for tornado-related damage in Fairfield County.

The delegation wrote to Obama on Tuesday saying the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s rejection of the aid will deprive property owners of money they need to fix the damage and rebuild their lives.

The officials say the EF-1 tornado that hit Bridgeport June 24 caused $3 million in property damage, as well as significant damage in surrounding towns.

Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Lieberman and Reps. John Larson, Joe Courtney, Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Chris Murphy say most of the people affected are low-income and only 17 percent had insurance covering the damage.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell has also appealed FEMA’s decision.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • jodo

    It is a shame that Rosa DeLauro, Chris Dodd, and the rest of the CT congressional delegation are wasting their time and our money on this frivolous claim.

    Where do our “public servants” think this money comes from? This is an abuse of the intent of disaster relief, and impacts all our legal residents and the half of the country that pays taxes.

    The property owners that the congressional delegation says will be deprived of money do not need a bailout financed by the nation’s taxpayers. The tornado was certainly unexpected, and I appreciate that some property owners sustained damage. That’s what insurance is for! Responsible property owners assume the responsibility for their property, including insurance, rather than demanding that their neighbors pay for it through government confiscation. Why shhould I, as a responsible homeowner & taxpayer, be forced to pay for other people’s property too? If the property owner isn’t compensated fairly by their insurance company, no doubt our fine attorney general would be all over it, with a press conference to boot!

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