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FEMA Denies Connecticut Request For Tornado Aid

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The area around a damaged Bridgeport building is secured by police. (Photo/Paul Murnane)

The area around a damaged Bridgeport building is secured by police. (Photo/Paul Murnane)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied Connecticut’s request for financial aid for Fairfield County communities hit by a June tornado.

The state Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security announced Friday that FEMA turned down the state’s request, ruling the damages weren’t beyond what the state was capable of fixing.

In August, Gov. M. Jodi Rell sought aid for affected areas, such as Bridgeport and Stratford, after she said federal and state officials determined the storm caused more than $3 million in damages.

Rell said Friday that she’s disappointed by the decision. She said she’ll work with the Dept. of Emergency Management and Homeland Security to look for alternative aid sources for homeowners, renters and businesses.

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