Connecticut Post (Sunday)

Biden OKs Ida disaster declaratio­n

- By Adam Hushin

U.S. Rep. Jim Himes announced on Saturday that President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaratio­n for the state due to damage caused by the remnants of Hurricane Ida, meaning federal aid will be allocated to help ongoing recovery efforts.

Ida swept through Connecticu­t and the rest of the Northeast in early September, leaving at least 46 people dead across five states, including a Connecticu­t state trooper. Heavy flooding and mass power outages ensued as the state experience­d extensive damage.

According to the announceme­nt from Himes, federal aid will be provided to state and local government­s, and resources will be made available to individual­s and families. This aid can come in the form of housing assistance, crisis counseling, case management services, legal services, personal property damage and transporta­tion assistance.

Money will also be available to assist businesses that suffered either physical damage or loss of revenue due to the storm, primarily in the form of business physical disaster loans or economic injury disaster loans.

Himes called the storm “an all-hands-on-deck emergency,” adding that immediatel­y after the storm, he started meeting with state and federal leaders to survey damage and provide assistance.

“The most important thing for government to do is take care of people in emergencie­s,” Himes said in Saturday’s announceme­nt. “I’m so proud today to be able to say we delivered.”

Residents and businesses affected by the hurricane can learn more about these relief efforts and other forms of assistance at www.himes.house.gov/Ida.

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