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Disaster declaration approved for state’s tornado recovery

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HARTFORD  — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration for Connecticut following severe storms that included four tornadoes.

The tornadoes touched down in six towns in Connecticut during the May 15 storms. Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy asked the federal government to help with the recovery.

Trump approved the federal assistance Monday.

The White House says federal funding is available for eligible municipal and state expenses on a cost-sharing basis. Malloy’s request for assistance for individuals impacted by the storms remains under federal review.

Two people died in Danbury and New Fairfield when trees hit their vehicles.

Malloy says the storms had a devastating impact, causing significant damage that’s still being cleaned up and repaired months later.

The White House says federal funding is also available throughout the state to prepare for disasters.