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President Approves Emergency Declaration for State of Connecticut

A sidewalk in West Haven, CT with cliffs of snow up to 36 inches deep. Credit: Mark Milano(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has approved Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy's request for an emergency declaration in the state following this weekend's winter storm and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local response efforts, the White House said in a news release Sunday.

The approval authorizes the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts for the local population and to provide assistance for required emergency measures. FEMA is authorized to fund 75 percent of these measures over a period of 48 hours.

Albert Lewis has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the area.

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