HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s governor says more than $250 million in federal assistance has been approved to help people and businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The aid was made available after President Barack Obama approved a disaster declaration for the state in the wake of the storm that slammed into the East Coast last October.

The office of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says nearly $200 million has been paid out in Connecticut under the National Flood Insurance Program.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also has approved more than $40 million in low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations.

State officials say about 3,000 homes were damaged by Sandy, including about 500 that received major damage.


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