THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 2, 2018

*President Donald J. Trump Approves Maine Disaster Declaration*

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Maine and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe storm and flooding from October 29 to November 1, 2017.

Federal funding is available to the State and to tribal and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm and flooding in the counties of Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo, and York.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named James N. Russo as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas. **

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Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT THE FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) -xxx-xxxx OR xxx@FEMA.DHS.GOV <xxx@DHS.GOV>.

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