Dodd, Lieberman Fault FEMA Decision on Waterbury Disaster Aid

Senators Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) criticized FEMA’s decision to deny a request for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to assist cleanup in Waterbury, CT, which was heavily damaged by a severe storm on June 2. Both lawmakers vowed to continue to work with state, local, and federal officials to provide assistance to Waterbury.

“The damage sustained in this storm was not the kind usually associated with spring and summer storms in Connecticut,” Dodd said. “The intensity with which the storm hit the area, particularly Waterbury, left many residents and businesses with significant damage. FEMA’s decision is extremely troublesome, as many of those affected by the storm have applied for federal assistance to help finance their costly repairs. I will continue to press FEMA to reevaluate the situation and provide Waterbury residents and business owners with the help they need.”

“The intense storm that hit Waterbury this June caused significant damage to local businesses and homes and it is clear that the community needs federal resources to help clean up and rebuild. I am deeply concerned by FEMA’s decision to deny Waterbury’s disaster assistance application and will continue to work to encourage FEMA to reassess this decision and provide the assistance Waterbury needs,” Lieberman said.