Governor Mills Requests Disaster Declaration from President Biden for Damage Caused by Severe Spring Storm

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Governor Janet T. Mills (D) has requested that President Joe Biden issue a Major Disaster Declaration for eight Maine counties impacted by a severe spring storm that brought heavy rain and wind creating flooding, swelling rivers, power outages, tree damage, and more than $2 million in infrastructure damage.

In a letter sent to the President, Governor Mills said that the impacts of the storm that occurred on April 30 and May 1 resulted in public infrastructure damage that is beyond the State’s capability to address.  The Governor requested that the President issue a Disaster Declaration for Franklin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Somerset and Waldo Counties.

“It has been verified that all of the damaged infrastructure included in the validation process is not eligible for commercially available insurance coverage, and, therefore, all repair costs must be covered by local government taxpayers if Federal assistance is not obtained,” Governor Mills wrote in her letter to the President.  “Due to the widespread nature and extent of infrastructure damage, State resources are not adequate to meet local recovery needs.”