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Wilton Expects Federal Refund for Irene Cleanup

WILTON, Conn. – When Tropical Storm Irene came through Wilton last August, the town lost power for five days, the start of school was delayed and the town spent around $240,000 to clean up.

First Selectman Bill Brennan is looking to have about 75 percent of the cleanup refunded  by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now that a summary of the damages has been completed and sent in.

“It was a serious storm with a lot of cost to the town,” Brennan said.

During a Board of Selectmen’s meeting Monday night, Brennan reported that the town is hoping to receive $180,000 from FEMA. When Selectman Richard Dubow asked when the town could expect to get the money, Brennan said: 

“It takes a while, and I don’t have a precise date on that. But it always takes several months before we get a response on that.” 

The damages and costs associated with the Halloween Snow Storm form a separate report that is currently being compiled.

“We’re just finishing up on all these things, and we’re on schedule with FEMA,” Brennan said.

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