Governor Requests Major Disaster Declaration

January 18, 2011

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage has requested a major disaster declaration for four Maine counties impacted by severe flooding December 12 through 19, 2010. The request includes Aroostook, Penobscot, Piscataquis and Washington Counties. Total damages assessed so far exceed $1.7 million.

Governor John Baldacci requested a formal assessment by FEMA of the affected counties in late December, which appeared to fall short of the amount needed for the State to qualify for FEMA assistance. However, additional damage reports were received following the initial assessment, and Governor LePage directed the assessments to resume.

“We are thankful that no deaths in Maine were attributed to this event. However, the cost of this disaster falls on state and local budgets already adversely affected by a nationwide recession and further exhausted by the convergent effects of ten major disasters since May of 2006, including two in 2010,” said Gov. LePage. “These counties are among our most rural, and most economically challenged.”

The assistance was requested Tuesday and is for State, county, tribal and local jurisdictions. If granted, the federal government would reimburse the affected jurisdictions for 75 percent of damages to public infrastructure such as roads and bridges, and response costs incurred.