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President Declares Disaster in Aroostook County

 

May 9, 2008

 

AUGUSTA – Governor John Baldacci received word today that President Bush has signed a major disaster declaration for Aroostook County as a result of the record flooding that struck the County last week. Assistance has been granted for individuals and businesses.

Individuals and business owners can begin the application process immediately by calling 1-800-621-3362; 1-800-462-7585 (TYY). Individuals can also register at http://www.fema.gov.

The federal assistance may be used for temporary housing, repairs and for disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.

FEMA assistance does not typically cover the entire cost to repair storm damage. For people with insurance, the aid may help pay for basic needs not covered by insurance.

The assistance for individuals will come in the form of grants or low interest SBA loans. SBA loans for uninsured damage or economic injury are available to businesses.

“It’s important for people to apply for assistance even if they have insurance claims pending,” Governor Baldacci said. “The only way to know for sure if they qualify for assistance is to apply.”

FEMA and the State are currently conducting assessments of damage to roads and other public infrastructure in several Maine counties including Aroostook. Depending on the results of these assessments, additional assistance may be made available for local governments.

Anyone who has called 211 to report damages should also call FEMA to begin the application process for assistance.

 

Contact:

Maine Emergency Management Agency
207-624-4400

 

Last update: 07/20/10