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Federal Assistance for Oxford County Received

 

August 8, 2007

 

Governor John E. Baldacci received notification today that the President has approved federal assistance for damage done by a severe storm that struck Oxford County last month.

“I am pleased that our federal partners have come through with assistance for Oxford County,” said Governor Baldacci. “The storm brought heavy devastation to public infrastructure. The federal assistance will go a long way in making repairs and long-term improvements.”

The Governor declared a state of emergency in Oxford County following a severe storm that hit July 11 and 12. The storm destroyed the public water supply system in Bethel. Roadways and public structures in the area were also heavily impacted. The storm dropped from 6 to 8 inches of rain in approximately 45 minutes, overloading capacities, Governor Baldacci wrote in his letter to the President.

Governor Baldacci toured the area following the declaration, and on July 17 requested federal assistance from President Bush totaling more than $500,000. The request was amended to $1.8 million on July 25, taking into account the increased estimate in damage experienced to the public infrastructure in the area.

A final determination on the amount of assistance is pending. Federal aid is expected to support the rebuilding of water district infrastructure to current codes and standards, as well as repair to other public property in the county.

Local and state assessments determined that damage to private homes and businesses did not qualify for federal assistance.

“These valuable federal funds will supplement the amazing work already achieved to recover from this storm,” said Governor Baldacci. “It is heartening – but not surprising - to witness firsthand the way people in Oxford County and throughout Maine have helped their neighbors during this time of distress.”

 

Contact:

Governor's Communications Office or MEMA
287-2531 or 624-4420

 

Last update: 07/20/10