Updated: Saturday, 29 May 2010, 11:12 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 29 May 2010, 6:09 PM EDT
New Haven, Connecticut (WTNH) - Connecticut residents dealing with major damage from the severe storms back in March are now getting some long awaited relief.
The federal government reversed its decision following Governor Rell's appeal.
She's urging people to call the state's disaster registration hotline.
"Connecticut residents who suffered flood damage should call this number as soon as possible," Governor Rell said. "The sooner you register, the sooner you can get assistance. I also encourage people to register online."
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hotline is 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The hotline is open seven days a week, from 6:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from 6:30 a.m. until midnight on Saturdays and Sundays. Click here to register online.
Governor Rell also said that FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will be opening soon across Connecticut. Residents will be able to meet face to face with FEMA officials and state emergency management officials at the centers.
On Friday, Governor Rell announced that President Obama -- responding within 24 hours of an appeal spearheaded by the Governor -- has reversed an earlier decision and approved federal disaster assistance for homeowners, renters and businesses affected by the March flooding.
Governor Rell called the decision "wonderful news" for the state.