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Maine Will Not Meet Threshold for Disaster Relief from June Rains


July 27, 2012

3:00 PM


Maine Emergency Management Agency determined today that Maine will not reach the threshold required to receive federal disaster assistance through FEMA for the communities including Brownville and Patten that were struck by a severe rainstorm in late June. Accordingly, the State will not be requesting FEMA assistance for this storm.

Initial cost estimates were approximately $1.2 million in Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties, primarily in the areas of Brownville, Milo and Patten. While this did not reach the level normally needed to qualify for FEMA assistance ($1.8 million) it was thought the State might qualify under a provision in the program that allows for a lower threshold to be considered in the case of significant localized impact.

“After FEMA visited the affected towns and conferred with MaineDOT, it was found that some of the previously estimated damage figures could not be included, and our statewide estimate dropped to below $700,000,” said MEMA Director Rob McAleer. “This takes us below the point that we could qualify for assistance, even under this specific exception in the rules.”

Governor Paul LePage requested the FEMA survey last week, after also requesting an extension of the time period to make a disaster request, in order to ensure that all avenues of possible assistance were being explored.

McAleer said his staff is continuing to work with the Department of Economic and Community Development to assess the economic impact on businesses in the areas, and to explore other potential sources for assistance. He also praised local officials and the Maine DOT for their swift response to the severe damage, repairing and re-opening roads quickly after 8 inches of rain in just over 3 hours caused extensive washouts. Maine DOT estimates they performed close to $300,000 of repairs in Piscataquis County from this one storm.

One death was attributed to the storm.



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