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Conn. Gov. Tours Storm Damage, Announces Aid for Farmers


EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WGGB) — As Connecticut residents work to clean up from Monday’s tornado, Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced that tobacco farmers may be eligible for assistance.

Fun time camp at Sports World was back up and running as usual on Tuesday, thanks largely to quick thinking director Kathy Russuto, who got 30 kids out from a dome that collapsed as the tornado touched town in East Windsor Monday.

“Every camper came back today. We recieved a thank you cake, another family sent in donuts, they’re very appreciative. The kids are excited to be back. No one seemed too worried,” says Russotto.

Some folks in Windsor Locks and East Windsor have a longer clean up ahead than others.

What the tornado left in it’s path varying from street to street, which is why Conn. Governor Dannel Malloy visited families to see firsthand what Monday’s tornado left behind and if anyone can qualify for state aid.

“We’ll see whether we meet any of the standards, but, honestly, we’ve been through this a couple of times already. A lot of this is going to be covered on people’s homeowner policies. Municipalities are going to have extra work in order to remove, chip, get rid of for a little while,” says Malloy.

Authorities keep stressing how remarkable it is that none of the debris here from Sports World injured anyone on I-91 just behind me and East Windsor Chief Edwawrd Demarco attributes preparedness to some of that success.

“There have been recent initiatives in the state of Connecticut including drills over the past year. The system worked very well, including the notification we recieved as well as the EMS system. It was second nature to us,” Demarco adds.

It’s still to early to estimate how much the total clean up will cost, but independent contractors think it’ll take weeks to clean everything up.

Gov. Malloy’s office has announced that $5 million in aid is available for the state’s weather damaged farms. For more information or to apply, you can CLICK HERE.

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