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Governor Mills Declares State of Civil Emergency for Coastal Counties

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Governor Janet Mills announced today, Jan. 11, that she has declared a State of Civil Emergency for all of Maine’s coastal counties.

The eight counties – Cumberland, Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington, and York – were significantly impacted by flooding and infrastructure damage caused by the severe rain, wind, and snow storm that battered the state on Tuesday night into Wednesday. The State stands ready to assist other counties impacted by the storm as well.

The Governor’s declaration of a State of Civil Emergency mobilizes all State of Maine resources to assist and support response and recovery efforts, to prepare for the significant rain and wind event forecast for this coming Saturday, and to position the State to seek disaster support from the Federal government.

In addition to further mobilizing State resources, the State of Civil Emergency strengthens Maine’s ability to seek Federal financial assistance through a Federal Disaster Declaration. Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has begun working with local partners to assess the damage caused by the storm. The Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR), with the support of the Maine Forest Service, is conducting an aerial survey along the coast today to document damage.

MEMA and DMR are urging individuals of private industry and privately owned commercial infrastructure who sustained property damage from the January 10th storm, including wharfs, floats, vessels, etc. to document and report that damage by filling out the Business and Agriculture Initial Damage Assessment Survey. This is not an application for assistance nor a guarantee of financial assistance. Submission of damage information will help the State of Maine best understand the extent of damage from the January 10th storm.

Individuals who sustained damages to their primary residence are encouraged to report their damages to 211 Maine or report that damage by filling out the Individuals & Households Initial Damage Assessment Survey. This is also not an application for assistance nor a guarantee of financial assistance.

More at Maine.gov.

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