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Md. Helps Sandy Survivors With Housing

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The Crisfield Public Housing Authority has about 70 families in hotels and has begun repairs to 42 of the 140 units in the Somer's Cove development that were damaged by a tidal surge. (Photo: WBOC) The Crisfield Public Housing Authority has about 70 families in hotels and has begun repairs to 42 of the 140 units in the Somer's Cove development that were damaged by a tidal surge. (Photo: WBOC)

BALTIMORE (WBOC/AP)- State agencies have been providing housing assistance to Eastern Shore residents affected by Superstorm Sandy while officials wait for a decision on a requested disaster declaration.

State housing officials are working with about 160 families- many in Crisfield- to find assistance. The Crisfield Public Housing Authority has about 70 families in hotels and has begun repairs to 42 of the 140 units in the Somer's Cove development that were damaged by a tidal surge.

Maryland officials requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration on Nov. 8 and are still awaiting a response.

"We understand residents of the lower Eastern Shore may be frustrated at the lack of a Presidential Disaster Declaration," said Ken Mallette, executive director of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. "It is important to remember that a declaration is based on conditions throughout the county, not just those experienced in one household or a small community. We are working closely with our congressional delegation to receive an answer as soon as possible. But state agencies have continued to work with local agencies and nonprofits to assist residents of the area."

Somerset County residents still needing assistance should call (toll-free) 888-756-7836.

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