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Md. Lower Shore Residents Asked to Report Sandy Damage

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One of many homes in Crisfield that experienced flood damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy. (Photo: WBOC) One of many homes in Crisfield that experienced flood damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy. (Photo: WBOC)
WBOC NewsWatcher Nicki Wilson shared this photo of trees that fell on a home on Cullen Parkway in Crisfield, Oct. 30, 2012. WBOC NewsWatcher Nicki Wilson shared this photo of trees that fell on a home on Cullen Parkway in Crisfield, Oct. 30, 2012.

SALISBURY, Md.- Maryland officials on Friday began asking residents of the lower Eastern Shore to report damage from Superstorm Sandy, as the state appeals a denial of individual assistance by the federal government.

The state urged residents in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties who sustained any damage to their home or business to contact the Maryland Department of Human Resources' Relief Hotline. The toll-free number is 888-756-7836.

Maryland Emergency Management Agency spokesman Edward J. McDonough said this request is being made to gather information needed to appeal the denial of individual assistance as part of the presidential disaster declaration for Sandy. Even if your home or business has previously been reported to local emergency managers or been visited by a damage assessment team, McDonough said you are asked to call the toll-free number so state officials can better track the information.

According to McDonough, local, state and federal damage assessment teams are back on the lower Eastern Shore to make sure information about all damages is captured. If you know of relatives, friends or neighbors who might be socially isolated or are temporarily out of the area, make them aware of the importance of providing this information.

"There is no guarantee that the individual assistance denial will be reversed, but we are making every effort to gather enough information to show the scope of damages in these counties." McDonough said. "Also, even if the individual assistance program is approved after the appeal, there is no guarantee that all applicants will be approved for federal assistance and the assistance may not cover all of your costs."

Those who call the toll-free number and get a recorded message are asked to leave their name, phone number, address and the reason for the call and a member of the Sandy relief program will return the call.

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