Maine gets federal funds to pay for Irene repairs

Posted Sept. 16, 2011, at 9:27 a.m.

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — The Maine Emergency Management Agency says repairing damage from flooding after Tropical Storm Irene in the state will cost at least $2.4 million.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be reimbursing 75 percent of storm recovery costs in Franklin, Oxford and York counties, which were declared major disaster areas because of storm damage.

Emergency Management spokeswoman Lynette Miller said the Franklin County town of Carrabassett Valley suffered the most damage. She said the town is facing $490,000 worth of repairs. Damage in the entire county is estimated at $933,000.

Miller told the Morning Sentinel the damage estimates will probably increase as more recovery work is done.

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