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Somerset County Plans to Appeal Denied Assistance Decision by FEMA


PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Somerset County officials say they will continue to fight for federal assistance for county residents affected by Hurricane Sandy. The initial decision given by FEMA would not allow individuals federal help.

Somerset County Director of Emergency Management Steve Marshal said he believes the original assessment did not convey the damage Somerset experienced.

"Governor [Martin] O'Malley is going to appeal that decision and [Friday] we're going to really hit the streets to go over all the assessment damage data that's been done to see if we missed anybody and to see if a house maybe was considered moderately damaged which could have major damage," Marshall said. "So, really we need to build the numbers up if we want to have a chance to win this appeal."

Marshall said the county has some professional building inspectors and other licensed professional from neighboring counties to better assess the damage. 

Once the numbers are checked again, Marshall said he hopes the second efforts will show more damage and help the affected homeowners recover after Sandy.

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