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Feds Approve Public Assistance for Penobscot County


May 23, 2008


AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci received word late today that President Bush has expanded the major disaster declaration to include public assistance for Penobscot County. The approval enables municipalities and the State to receive federal assistance in defraying costs incurred in response and for recovery to public safety and infrastructure from the flooding that occurred earlier this month.

“I am pleased that towns hit hard by the clean-up related to the flooding will be able to receive this assistance from the federal government,” said Governor Baldacci. “With the beginning of the summer tourist season, it’s important that the impacted communities can quickly recover.”

On May 9, President Bush signed a major disaster declaration for Aroostook County as a result of the record flooding that struck the County three weeks ago. The federal government on May 14 approved public assistance covering Aroostook, Knox, Lincoln, Piscataquis, Somerset and Waldo Counties. On May 16, the federal government expanded the major disaster declaration to include Penobscot County for individuals and businesses.

Earlier today the Governor visited impacted areas in Aroostook County. It was the fourth trip he has made to the county since he declared a state of emergency following the flooding. Governor Baldacci has also visited Penobscot County to view the damage and recovery efforts there.

The Governor announced a public assistance briefing designed for public officials in Penobscot County seeking assistance to repair public property and infrastructure. The meeting will take place on Thursday, May 29, at 10 a.m. at the meeting room at Milford Town Hall.

Individuals and business owners in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties with flood damage should register with FEMA. The application process for assistance can be accessed by calling 1-800-621-3362; 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). Individuals can also register at



Maine Emergency Management Agency


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