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Governor LePage Submits Federal Disaster Relief Request for Storm Damage
November 30, 2017
For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 30, 2017
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531
AUGUSTA – Governor Paul R. LePage requested today a Presidential Disaster Declaration for federal assistance to repair $4.7 million in public infrastructure damages throughout 13 counties caused by the severe storm that slammed Maine with high winds, rain and flooding from October 29 through November 1, 2017.
“The strong winds and heavy rains caused extensive damage as trees, many still in full leaf and weakened by drought, snapped or uprooted in rain-saturated soil,” Governor LePage said. “The falling trees pulled down wires, snapped more than 1,400 poles, and left many roads impassable, causing widespread power outages greater than those of the 1998 Ice Storm. Several communities spent days clearing debris that created life-safety issues from public rights-of-way. The cost for that clean-up work will be considerable and will cut deeply into public works budgets. This devastating storm has placed a financial burden on towns and counties.”
Based on the magnitude of damage, the impact on state and local budgets and the fact that the costs of damages for Maine and its counties far exceeded the threshold needed for this request, the Governor has sent a letter to President Trump to request the disaster declaration.
This is a request for public assistance, not for individual assistance. Although an Individual Assistance Declaration is not being sought, a Small Business Administration Administrative Declaration is being requested to assist affected businesses. More than 200 small businesses reported loss of revenue, damage to products and damage to buildings and equipment.
In addition, the Farm Service Agency in Maine has submitted an Administrator's Physical Loss Notification request for assistance to its parent agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, due to the storm damage affecting several thousand farms in the state.
The request is available at the link below.