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Connecticut Receives Funds to Hire Workers for Sandy Cleanup

Hurricane Irene Approaches the Outer Banks
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Hurricane Irene Approaches the Outer Banks

The Connecticut Department of Labor is set to receive more than $1.8 million in federal funding to hire dislocated workers to help with cleanup and recovery efforts stemming from Superstorm Sandy.

The state's congressional delegation announced Friday the National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will help create about 120 temporary jobs.

Initially, more than $610,000 will be released.

The money may be used to provide temporary jobs involving cleanup, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and lands. Also, the work could include delivering humanitarian aid and safety assistance.

The funds may be also be used to perform work on homes of lower-income residents who are eligible for the federally funded weatherization program. Priority will be given to the elderly and people with disabilities.

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Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.