Southington Approved for FEMA Assistance to Recover Storm Costs

A blizzard that dropped more than 30 inches of snow on Southington earlier this month cost $460,912.52 to clean up, but the town is eligible for assistance that will help recoup some of that cost.

The blizzard of 2013, a storm that dropped more than 30 inches of snow on Southington, was a costly one for the town with clean-up expenses totaling more than $460,000 as the town dug out.

But for taxpayers, there is some good news. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved a request for assistance that will bring $107,000 back to Southington.

Southington Town Attorney Mark Sciota said FEMA granted the request on Monday, approving a 75-percent reimbursement to help the town recoup some of the costs for the storm. The assistance approved will allow the town to apply for a reimbursement for expenses accrued over a 48-hour period.

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Between Feb. 9 - 10, the town spent a total of $143,000 on clean-up efforts, trying to clear a travel path on the more than 200 miles of town roads. The reimbursement for this will be given in the amount of $107,000 - potentially more after receiving final two day costs for the Southington Board of Education.

Sciota said Monday evening that the town will seek further assistance, however, and will take final storm costs to FEMA to seek a reimbursement assistance for the entire clean-up effort.

"We are hopeful it's something they will at least consider," he said.

Take a look at the full list of town clean-up costs:

Department Total Cost for Feb. 9 - 10 Total Cost for Storm Clean-Up Highway $103,649.49 $299,075.06 WPCA $7,789.78 $18,122.99 Calendar House $934.54 $934.54 Engineering $188.34 $188.34 Library $1,540 $2,142 Police $720 $930 Fire $19,716.72 $31,820.26 Board of Education TBD $81,108.57 Administrative $1,200 $1,200 TOTALS $143,229.63 $460,912.52

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Stu Pedassel February 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Wonder what it will cost to settle with that Asian family for the loss of their loved one from the Town suspending sidewalk shoveling?


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