Governor Janet Mills has requested that President Joe Biden issue a Major Disaster Declaration for several Maine counties in the wake of the severe winter storm that battered Maine in late December.
In a letter to the President yesterday, Governor Mills said that high winds and significant rainfall during the storm led to substantial flooding, extensive road washouts and closures, widespread power outages, and infrastructure damage that are beyond the State’s capability to address.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has validated damage assessments for Knox, Oxford, Somerset, and Waldo counties. FEMA continues to undergo the validation process for Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties. The Governor requested the President issue a Disaster Declaration for all seven counties, in the event that FEMA ultimately validates damages in those counties still under review. If approved, the Major Disaster Declaration would unlock Federal assistance programs for public infrastructure.