AUGUSTA, Maine - Aroostook and Penobscot County residents whose wells or septic systems were damaged as a result of the severe storms and floods that began April 28 through May 14 may be eligible for assistance from FEMA to complete necessary repairs.
Homeowners in both counties may be eligible for grant funding to pump septic tanks, perform required repairs or replace the system as needed. Damaged private wells that are the sole source of water for the home also may be repaired or decontaminated. If a private well or septic was not inspected but may be damaged, homeowners should contact FEMA.
?Applicants for state and federal disaster assistance should advise the FEMA inspector that they have a private well and septic system,? said State Coordinating Officer Ginnie Ricker. ?We want to ensure that flood victims are aware of all available assistance for which they are eligible.?
Home-repair grants are designed to restore the home to a livable and sanitary condition. To qualify for this disaster assistance, applicants must own their home and the home must be their primary residence. Grants are not intended to restore a home to pre-disaster condition and cannot be used for cosmetic repairs or repairs covered by insurance.
Residents who suffered damage or losses from the recent severe storms and flooding can register for disaster assistance by calling the FEMA toll-free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or for those with hearing or speech impairment is (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. Individuals may also register online at www.fema.gov.