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Trump approves disaster relief aid for Maine wind storm

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Broken trees frame a Corey and Rachel Graham's home and yurt following wind storm in Freeport, Maine, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. The couple is living in the yurt while building a home. The storm toppled more than 20 pine trees on their lot but caused only minor damage to their property.

President Donald Trump has declared Maine’s historic October wind storm a disaster.

The declaration approves a request by Gov. Paul LePage for federal funding to help local recovery efforts to repair damage from the storm, which felled trees, power lines and flooded areas around the state, according to a White House news release.

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On Tuesday, Central Maine Power, one of the state’s two major power companies, estimated storm costs would top $15 million. A record 470,000 of its customers lost power during the Oct. 30 storm.

Federal funding will go to state, tribal and eligible local governments, as well as some private nonprofit organizations to repair damage in Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo and York counties.

The state also can apply for federal grants that would pay a portion of the cost for prevention measures to protect Maine from similar disasters, according to the National Watch Center, a unit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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