Press Release

$1.5 Million in FEMA aid helps Maine with blizzard costs

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided $1.5 million to help Maine with costs due to the Feb. 8-9 blizzard. A federal disaster declaration authorized aid for Androscoggin, Cumberland, Knox, Sagadahoc, Washington and York counties.

“This assistance reduces the blizzard’s financial impact on local governments and agencies,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer James N. Russo in a press release. “FEMA continues working to assure that all receive the maximum disaster aid we can provide.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program reimburses public agencies and certain private non-profits for 75 percent of their eligible costs. For the snowstorm, most of the costs were for emergency response overtime work and for clearing tons of snow from public roads and other public facilities.

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