Delegation seeks federal help after Feb. storm
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s congressional delegation is backing Gov. Paul LePage’s request for a presidential disaster declaration for the state to help cover the costs of severe weather and a blizzard that hit in early February.
The delegation sent a letter to President Obama on Wednesday saying many communities don’t have the funds for future snow removal and infrastructure repairs after responding to the storm on Feb. 8 and 9. They say the economic downturn and natural disasters last year had already shrunk local budgets before the storm hit.
The storm dropped as much as 30 inches of snow in some areas. Coastal flooding also caused damage.
LePage has sought federal public assistance for Androscoggin, Cumberland, Knox and York counties to recover from severe winter weather and flooding in the state last month.