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Major Disaster Declaration for December Storm and Flooding

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Governor Janet Mills has announced that President Joe Biden has approved the State of Maine’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration to help ten counties recover from the December storm that caused significant flooding, prolonged power outages, and extensive property damage across central and western Maine.

In addition to authorizing assistance to help cover the cost of public infrastructure repairs, the President also approved Governor Mills’ request to make direct assistance available to certain eligible individuals and families that experienced severe property damage.

As a result, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and other State agencies, will establish Disaster Recovery Centers in impacted areas. Disaster Recovery Centers are facilities in or near affected communities that offer services to help impacted people learn about disaster assistance programs, apply for disaster assistance, check the status of FEMA applications, understand FEMA notices or letter, meet with Small Business Administration agents, and get referrals to other agencies, among other services. The locations and durations of the Disaster Recovery Centers are being finalized now and will be announced as soon as possible.

The President’s approval will make public assistance available that the State will use to repair public infrastructure in Androscoggin, Franklin, Hancock, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Somerset, Waldo, and Washington Counties.

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