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Feds Pledge To Help Connecticut After Irene

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Utility poles downed by Irene are seen in Hebron, CT - Aug 31, 2011 (credit: AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Utility poles downed by Irene are seen in Hebron, CT – Aug 31, 2011 (credit: AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

EAST HAVEN, CT (AP / WCBS 880) - Federal and state officials have promised to begin the hard work of cleaning up the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene on Connecticut‘s shoreline.

WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau On The Story

Gov. Dan Malloy and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured a hard-hit beach-front neighborhood in East Haven on Monday. About 20 homes in the neighborhood are a total loss, with many others severely damaged.

“We will continue to lead forward here in Connecticut. We are not leaving. The national media may have left and moved on to something. The storm may, in fact, be over. But the damages are here and we want to recover and rebuild,” said Napolitano, who stressed the urgency of homeowners suffering losses to register with FEMA.

That, she said, can be done online at www.fema.gov or by calling 800-621-FEMA.

“We don’t and will not defauly on our statutory obligations to individuals who have been hurt by Irene here in Connecticut and elsewhere,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Connecticut).

Other towns on Connecticut’s shoreline on Long Island Sound also were heavily damaged.

Malloy said the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open offices in Connecticut by Thursday to assess damages and meet with residents.

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