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Governor, MEMA ask for federal Disaster Declaration

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 14:41:29-04

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency have requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the state following sever flooding in Howard County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City on May 27. 

If President Donald Trump decides to issue such a declaration and call the flooding a Major Disaster Declaration, federal resources would be made available, including assistance programs for individuals and households, crisis counseling, disaster case management, disaster unemployment assistance, disaster legal services, nutritional assistance programs, debris removal, and repair and replacement of public utilities and infrastructure, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website.

The request by Hogan comes after the Governor made a similar ask of the federal government for Washington and Frederick Counties following flooding there in mid-May.

“MEMA and FEMA worked closely with our local partners in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County to jointly assess damages and costs incurred,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland in a statement. “This storm had a significant impact on the entire area and our estimates confirm this.”