AUGUSTA, Maine -- More than $1.2 million in federal aid has been disbursed to help communities recover from the flooding that devastated areas of Maine this summer.
The Federal Emergency management Agency (FEMA) and the Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) are assisting local recovery efforts through FEMA's Public Assistance program. This program provides funding to help communities repair, replace or restore damaged public facilities. It also helps cover the costs of clean up and emergency actions taken to protect lives or property.
"The initial $1.2 million is the first step toward providing financial relief to the impacted communities, especially during these challenging financial times," says Nick Russo, FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer. He added, "We expect this number to increase as more project applications are completed."
The Public Assistance program is only activated following a presidential disaster declaration. It provides funding to applicants including state agencies, local governments, non-profit organizations and tribes. The federal share of eligible recovery costs is at least 75 percent, while the remainder is split between the state and local governments.
On July 30 a presidential disaster declaration made local governments and municipalities eligible for federal assistance in eight counties: Franklin, Hancock, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Somerset, Waldo and Washington. An additional county, Piscataquis, was added to the declaration August 18.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.