HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP)- Maryland is out of chances for bringing more federal disaster aid to five counties damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
Maryland Emergency Management Agency spokesman Ed McDonough said Monday that there is no recourse to last week's denial of a state appeal seeking assistance for individuals in Dorchester, Garrett, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties. The Obama administration granted the enhanced aid only for Somerset County.
Most Maryland counties are eligible for more basic forms of federal disaster assistance under a declaration made in November. The aid includes foreclosure relief and loans to local governments.
McDonough says Small Business Administration loans will be available in Somerset and Wicomico counties because they are adjacent to Accomack County, Va. The SBA disaster declaration process is separate from the Federal Emergency Management Agency process.