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MAINE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY
Feds Approve Public Assistance for Six Counties
May 14, 2008
AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci today announced the approval of the additional request for public assistance covering Aroostook, Knox, Lincoln, Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo Counties.
Record flooding occurred in the counties two weeks ago, causing significant damage to roads and bridges, water control facilities and other public infrastructure. More than $2.3 million in damage was tallied under a preliminary damage assessment.
The Governor made the request on Friday. The approval enables the State and local governments to receive federal assistance in defraying costs incurred in response and for recovery to public safety and infrastructure.
“I am pleased that assistance has been granted quickly so that communities hit hardest by the storm can focus on repair and recovery,” said Governor Baldacci. “In my visits north since the flooding, I have been amazed at the extent of the damage, but also by the resilience and the warmth of the people I have met. Maine people don’t complain, but roll up their sleeves and work together. These communities are strong, and will recover quickly.”
President Bush signed on May 9 a major disaster declaration for Aroostook County, enabling individuals and businesses to begin to seek assistance.
The Governor reminded Aroostook County individuals and business owners that they should call to register for aid as soon as possible. The federal assistance may be used for temporary housing, repairs and for disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance or other assistance programs. Even if they are unsure of coverage, they should apply by calling 1-800-621-3362; 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). Individuals can also register at www.fema.gov.
Governor Baldacci recognized the hard work of the municipal, county and state emergency responders. He also thanked Maine’s Congressional Delegation for its support.
The Governor also announced a schedule of public assistance briefings in the six counties for which federal aid has been granted. The meetings are designed for public officials in the localities seeking assistance to repair public property and infrastructure, though the public is welcome. The schedule is as follows:
MAY DAY 2008 FLOODING
Wednesday, May 14th at 8 a.m.
Wednesday, May 14th at 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 15th at 9 a.m.
Thursday, May 15th at 2 p.m.
Friday, May 16th at 9 a.m.
Friday, May 16th at 1 p.m.
Last update: 07/20/10
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