Malloy to Seek $3.2 Billion For Hurricane Sandy Cleanup

The money is part of $81 billion being sought by Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.


Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will seek $3.2 billion in federal funds for cleanup efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.

In a conference call Thursday with the state’s congressional delegation, Malloy officials said they would seek $620 million for the state and its municipalities for storm prevention and mitigation measures ($495 million for municipalities and $125 million for the state).  The additional $2.5 billion would go toward upgrading power transmission systems; replacing and improving the current electrical grid infrastructure, relocating some power lines underground and the establishing micro-grids in selected high-density areas. 

Connecticut’s request for federal funds is part of some $81 billion being sought by Connecticut, New York and New Jersey for rebuilding after Sandy. New York is seeking $41 billion and New Jersey wants $36.9 billion, according to a report in the Hartford Courant.

“While our state was not impacted as severely as New York or New Jersey during Storm Sandy, we have seen substantial damage from three storms now that occurred in a little more than a year’s time.

“Changing weather patterns are a reality, and we must assume that the worst Mother Nature can throw at us hasn’t happened yet.  This funding would allow us to invest in a few areas that would put us in a better position to handle the inevitable when it occurs. It would allow us to revamp our power distribution system by expanding the use of microgrids and burying power lines in high-density areas.  It would give us the chance to fortify our coastline in a way that will protect us from future flooding while doing nothing to diminish the beauty of our coastline.  And it would give us the ability to mitigate future environmental damage by investing in the sewage treatment plants that spill over into Long Island Sound with disturbing regularity during weather related events,” Malloy said.

Combined, Connecticut sustained more than $1 billion in damage from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, the October nor’easter last year and Storm Sandy, Malloy said.

Jeff Boswell November 30, 2012 at 07:30 PM
The governor of Connecticut is requesting billions of dollars from the federal government to mitigate future flood damage. New Canaan, while spared flooding from Hurricane Sandy may not be secure for future storms. New Canaan should prepare to request funds for identified deficiencies in the town’s floodplain. A few years ago a report by Milone & MacBroom did an evaluation of flooding in New Canaan. The authors identified Willowbrook Lane susceptible to flooding due to the Merritt Parkway. Kiwanis Park has suffered from flooding as well due to the Merritt Parkway. The Merritt Parkway in New Canaan will be reconstructed shortly – the town through its state representatives should request the state to replace the parkway bridge causing the flooding. River Street is continually flooded due to an antiquated bridge on Route 123 and an undersized bridge at Brook St. New Canaan needs a proactive plan to protect the town from water catastrophes. The funding available due to the recent hurricane should be used to correct these and other infrastructure issues. No longer should we decide to protect against 100 year storms, as we have seen these storms can happen each year. Let the town build a plan to upgrade all areas that could be potentially have a devastating effect on the citizen’s of New Canaan.


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