DeLauro Statement on Sleeping Giant State Park Reopening
WASHINGTON, DC (June 13, 2019) – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement upon news that Sleeping Giant State Park will be reopened to the public tomorrow.
“Sleeping Giant is one of the natural treasures of Connecticut’s Third District, and I am glad it will reopen tomorrow for all to enjoy. When natural disasters strike, the federal government has a key role to play in making communities and families whole. That is why I was proud to work with my colleagues in Congress and state officials to ensure FEMA funded this relief following last year’s tornadoes. Thank you to all of the workers and volunteers who helped make this possible so quickly—job well done.”
Earlier this week, DeLauro secured an amendment in the Appropriations Committee-passed FY2020 Department of Homeland Security funding bill reminding Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that they have the authority to provide federal assistance for personal debris removal following natural disasters. Last year, many Connecticut homeowners incurred tens of thousands of dollars in debris removal costs from tornadoes, but were unable to be reimbursed by FEMA under current law.