BRUNSWICK, ME — More than $1 million in federal assistance have now been obligated to Maine to help cover costs of the Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2017, severe storm and flooding that impacted 13 of the 16 counties in “The Pine Tree State.”
In early January 2018, President Donald Trump approved Maine Governor Paul LePage’s request for federal assistance, issuing a major disaster declaration. Since then, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has been working with state and local officials providing federal dollars under its Public Assistance (PA) program to eligible public entities in Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo and York counties.
The federal money for this disaster assists in the support of first responders who worked hard to ensure Mainers’ safety, and helps reimburse entities for their costs when clearing downed trees, removing debris from roadways, and making repairs to damaged infrastructure such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas, and certain private nonprofits that provide community services.
Although FEMA’s grants go to entities such as local governments and nonprofits, the PA program is intended to benefit everyone in affected Maine communities.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders 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.
All FEMA disaster assistance will be provided without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex (including sexual harassment), religion, national origin, age, disability, limited English proficiency, economic status, or retaliation. If you believe your civil rights are being violated, call 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY/TDD).