Centers open Thursday to help Sandy victims - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Centers open Thursday to help Sandy victims

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Four intake centers opened on Thursday to help people who were affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The centers will be opening in the following locations:

  • 52 South End Rd., Unit A, East Haven
  • Fairfield Senior Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield 
  • Parson Government Center, 70 West River St., Milford
  • Old Fire Department, 100 Fairfield Ave., Norwalk

Intake centers are expected to open in Middlesex and New London counties at future dates.

Homeowners can get one-on-one assistance at the centers and are staffed with experts who can help people with application process for the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation and Rebuilding Program.

"The insurance companies won't give you that money til you've completed with it so how does that help you start," said Peter Clarke, who is the Senior Vice President of Emergency Preparedness for Northeast Utilities.

The experts at the centers will also help homeowners learn what is covered by insurance and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as well as other programs.

Connecticut received $71.82 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with $30 million available to repair homes damaged by Sandy.

There is between $10,000 to $150,000 available to storm victims to replace and repair homes and make them more resilient in future storms.

"If you are a resident waiting for assistance, relief cannot come soon enough," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in a statement Wednesday. "We no doubt have a long road ahead, but getting these offices open will be an effective way to make sure that residents know the state will see this effort through."

Next week will mark the one-year anniversary of when Hurricane Sandy ripped apart the Connecticut coastline and left broken homes.

"It (the federal funding) will enable us to prepare our shorelines to prevent the kind of catastrophic damage that unfortunately has become the new normal with these superstorms like Sandy," said U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Recent storms also spotlighted how power restoration was difficult. Some people losing their power for weeks. 

Connecticut Light & Power announced Thursday they created new software that lets them track damage using GPS and maps so they can assess damage quicker.

"With this technology and the improvements to our damage assessment process, we'll be able to make those restoration estimates more quickly," Clarke said.

Clarke said the new technology is the first of its kind in the country.

Peggy Tamer has multiple sclerosis and when the storms knocked out her power, it was scary because her medicines need to stay cool.

"You need to have a refrigerator for shots you have to have," Tamer said. "Without the refrigerator the shots go bad and they're five grand [$5,000]."

The intake centers will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Homeowners can also call the following number for assistance, 1-866-272-1976.

Copyright 2013 WFSB (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Sales tax break on hurricane items this weekend

    Sales tax break on hurricane items this weekend

    Sunday, May 28 2017 9:49 AM EDT2017-05-28 13:49:07 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    Flashlights, tarps, fuel cans, and lanterns. These are just some of the many items Carolyn Trahan sells at Trahan Hardware. With hurricane season approaching, Trahan and her employees like Jeremy Jolviette are usually selling these types of items right before a hurricane. "Everyone is trying to get prepared for it," said Jolviette. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has declared this weekend a hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday. All hurrica...

    More >>

    Flashlights, tarps, fuel cans, and lanterns. These are just some of the many items Carolyn Trahan sells at Trahan Hardware. With hurricane season approaching, Trahan and her employees like Jeremy Jolviette are usually selling these types of items right before a hurricane. "Everyone is trying to get prepared for it," said Jolviette. The Louisiana Department of Revenue has declared this weekend a hurricane preparedness sales tax holiday. All hurrica...

    More >>
  • Lake Charles opens time capsule buried 50 years ago

    Saturday, May 27 2017 3:16 PM EDT2017-05-27 19:16:59 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    On Friday Mayor Randy Roach helped pull out history - 50 years worth, to be exact.

    In 1967 a time capsule was buried in front of historic Lake Charles City Hall, and many had different ideas of what could be buried inside. 

    More >>

    On Friday Mayor Randy Roach helped pull out history - 50 years worth, to be exact.

    In 1967 a time capsule was buried in front of historic Lake Charles City Hall, and many had different ideas of what could be buried inside. 

    More >>
  • Summer reading fun underway in Calcasieu Parish

    Summer reading fun underway in Calcasieu Parish

    Friday, May 26 2017 11:02 PM EDT2017-05-27 03:02:13 GMT
    (Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)(Source: Calcasieu Parish Public Library)

    The Calcasieu Parish Public Library annual summer reading program is underway. The kick-off celebration was held at Prien Lake Park. It included registration, face painting, kite flying, bird house building and even Clifford the Big Red Dog. The reading program runs from now until July 7.

    More >>

    The Calcasieu Parish Public Library annual summer reading program is underway. The kick-off celebration was held at Prien Lake Park. It included registration, face painting, kite flying, bird house building and even Clifford the Big Red Dog. The reading program runs from now until July 7.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly