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Larson, Connecticut Delegation Applauds Release of $6 Million in Emergency Disaster Relief Funds for Parks, Public Lands and Refuges Damaged by Sandy

May 8, 2013
Press Release

Washington – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and the Connecticut Congressional delegation today issued a statement applauding the announcement that Connecticut will receive over $6 million in emergency disaster relief funds from the U.S. Department of the Interior to repair and rebuild parks, public lands and refuges damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Connecticut will also receive a share of $12.7 million in additional funds that will aid restoration projects in multiple states impacted by Sandy. Funds include $5 million for the preservation and restoration of historic properties damaged during the storm, as well as over $1 million to remove debris and restore safe public access to the McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.

"These Department of Interior funds will go a long way towards restoring and repairing vital public parks and sites damaged by Superstorm Sandy. Our public parks and historic sites are treasures that should be restored and protected from future damage so that generations to come can continue to enjoy them. As storms like Sandy become more frequent, we will continue to advocate for additional funds to ensure that communities, businesses and families have the aid they need to not only recover from disasters like Sandy, but to rebuild in ways that make future damage less likely," the delegation stated.