On Friday Gov. Janet Mills and Maine’s Congressional Delegation made a joint announcement that President Joe Biden has approved the a request for a “Major Disaster Declaration” for Maine counties impacted by a severe spring storm.
The storm, which occurred April 30 and May 1, brought flooding, swelling rivers, power outages, tree damage, and more than $2 million in infrastructure damage to eight Maine counties.
In June Gov. Mills requested that President Biden issue the Disaster Declaration for Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, and Waldo Counties.
“We are grateful that President Biden has approved Maine’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration,” said Mills and Maine’s Congressional Delegation in a joint statement. “This declaration will make available critical Federal funding that Maine will use to complete costly infrastructure repairs necessary after this spring’s severe storm.”
Biden’s approval of the request will unlock federal assistance through the Public Assistance (PA) Program, which provides supplemental grants to states and local governments to help respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.
The Disaster Declaration will also grant the State of Maine federal funding through the Hazard Mitigation Program, which will help fund rebuilding efforts in a way that reduces or mitigates future disaster losses.
In May, virtual assessments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) validated $2,978,440 in infrastructure damage from the storm across nine Maine counties.