EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (WTNH)-- Two tornadoes touched down Monday, one in the Windsor area, the other in Greenwich and Stamford. Governor Dannel Malloy has signed an emergency declaration to help with the recovery efforts.
$5 million in grants are going to help farmers hit hard this year by weather related events. Governor Malloy announced those grants back in June but Tuesday he said farms hit by the tornado are also eligible for assistance.
Collapsed irrigation systems, protective netting blown away by high winds, and toppled tobacco plants, Thrall's Farm in Windsor was hit hard by Monday's EF-01 tornado.
On Tuesday, Governor Malloy toured the farm to survey the destruction.
"It's done a lot of damage, particularly to what is our highest value crop, interestingly enough, in Connecticut, per acre," said Malloy.
Malloy announced that farmers impacted by the tornado are now eligible to apply for grants offered by the Department of Economic and Community Development and the Department of Agriculture.
The workers have been out there since the early hours of Tuesday morning. For them, it's a race against time to get these fields put back together to help save the crops.
About ten percent of the farm's crop suffered damage by the tornado. Connecticut Department of Agriculture Commissioner Steve Revicsky met with the farm's owner on Tuesday morning.
"He was quite shaken up. This is a tremendous loss. For him and his family," said Revicsky.
Netting could be seen alongside Interstate 91 in Windsor. Workers must hurry to replace it to ensure the leaves do not dry up.
"They've done a tremendous job trying to reconstruct what was here yesterday morning and he's committed to putting things back together," said Revicsky.
Farmers have until July 15th to apply for assistance. Malloy said it's too soon to estimate the damage amounts in terms of dollars.
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