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Maine Receives Disaster Declaration for February Blizzard

 

March 25, 2013

 

Governor Paul LePage was informed today that President Obama has approved Maine’s request for a Presidential disaster declaration to address the costs of the February 8-9 Blizzard in four Maine counties. A disaster declaration has been approved for Androscoggin, Cumberland, Knox and York Counties. A damage assessment identified over $3.5 million in snow removal and response costs, as well as damages from coastal flooding.

“It is rare, and it should be, for a State like Maine to qualify for assistance for a snow storm,” the Governor said. “But when we break snow records, it also breaks the budgets for a lot of communities.” The Governor said a special FEMA policy allows states to apply for snow assistance when they break official records for snowfall and also meet financial thresholds both statewide, and county by county.

FEMA will reimburse municipalities and state agencies for 75% of their costs for at least 48 hours of snow removal, as well as for costs associated with emergency protective measures, and any infrastructure damage related to the storm. Public Officials Briefings will be scheduled in the 4 counties in the near future to inform communities how to apply for FEMA reimbursement.

Several other counties are assessing costs, and could potentially be added to the declaration.

 

Contact:

Lynette Miller
624-4400

 

Last update: 07/20/10