Governor Janet Mills has formally requested that President Joe Biden issue a Major Disaster Declaration to help Maine’s eight coastal counties recover from the back-to-back severe storms on January 10 and January 13 that brought significant flooding and damage.

In a letter sent to President Biden, Governor Mills said that the cost of damage resulting from the two weather events – which is estimated to have caused $70.3 million in public infrastructure damage – is beyond the ability of the State of Maine to address.

If the President approves the Governor’s request, Maine would gain access to Federal funds it could use to repair damaged roads, bridges, public buildings, utilities, and other public infrastructure in Washington, Hancock, Waldo, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Cumberland, and York counties.

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