President Approves Three-County Disaster Request

September 14, 2011

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

Augusta, Maine – Governor Paul LePage learned late Tuesday evening that his request for three Maine counties to be declared a major disaster area was approved by President Obama.

On Friday, September 9, Governor LePage sent a letter requesting the declaration for Franklin, Oxford and York counties for response costs and damage done by heavy rains, high winds and flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.

“These counties and towns dealt with downed trees and power lines, heavy rains and flooding, and incurred extraordinary costs,” Governor LePage said. “The President’s declaration will help us to repair the damages, recapture a portion of the response costs, and be better prepared for dangerous weather in the future.”

The Federal assistance will reimburse State and local governments 75 percent of the costs for emergency response efforts and to repair or replace storm-damage public property and infrastructure, including roads and bridges.