AUGUSTA, Maine -- Almost three months after the Patriots' Day flooding, Maine continues to move along on the road to recovery. State and federal assistance to Maine residents and communities has surpassed $9.6 million in response to the mid-April floods. More than 2,600 households applied for assistance after President Bush approved a federal disaster declaration on April 25.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved more than $1.5 million to cover rental assistance, temporary lodging and grants for home repairs not covered by insurance. In addition, more than $112,000 was approved for personal property loss, medical or dental costs and other significant disaster-related expenses.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved low-interest disaster loans totaling more than $2.5 million for homeowners, renters and business owners to repair their dwellings or businesses, replace damaged personal property and provide businesses with working capital.
FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program provides funding reimbursement for eligible costs incurred for emergency response or damage to public infrastructure. PA funding is for local governments, state agencies and certain private nonprofits performing government functions in Essex and Middlesex counties. To date, FEMA has obligated funding for 524 projects totaling more than $5.5 million.
Although the registration period ended July 9, individuals who have applied for assistance and have additional questions may visit www.fema.gov/assistance or call the toll-free FEMA Helpline 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the speech- or hearing-impaired. For questions regarding SBA disaster loans, call 1800-659-2955, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekdays, or 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays.
FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.