Delegation Asks Obama for Tornado Damage Aid

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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.)

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