Disaster Assistance Centers Open in Two New Connecticut Locations

Nov 20, 2013

Storm surge during Sandy contributed to flooding along the Connecticut shoreline.
Credit Jan Ellen Spiegel / WNPR

The state is opening two new disaster assistance centers on Wednesday to help residents who suffered losses during Superstorm Sandy. One is a mobile center, serving Middlesex County. The other will be located at the Groton senior center. 

They join four other centers in Fairfield and New London, which are helping homeowners to apply for federal rebuilding funds for losses that were not covered by insurance.

There's also state funding for resiliency projects like raising homes out of the flood zone. Governor Dannel Malloy Tuesday toured an electricity substation in Bridgeport that's been upgraded to withstand storm surge.

"This is a smaller version of the system that blew up in lower Manhattan," Malloy said. "They took the steps to shutting it down, so even if it had been inundated, it would not have blown up. You all remember the scenes in New York City with the systems blowing up. This gives us that much more protection from that sort of thing happening here, and I think, ultimately, it has to be part of our whole overall game plan in Connecticut."

The station, which serves 30,000 customers, had to be taken off-line for several days after it was threatened by flooding during Sandy.