Flood waters are shown surrounding a Crisfield home during Superstorm Sandy. (Photo: WBOC)
WASHINGTON- Maryland's two U.S. senators have announced more federal aid to help Somerset County recover from Superstorm Sandy.
Democrats Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin said Wednesday that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will award $8.6 million in Community Development Block Grants to help communities on the lower Eastern Shore recover from the October storm.
The funds are part of a $50.5 billion emergency measure that President Barack Obama signed into effect last week.
Local governments can use the disaster funds to repair severely damaged housing, roads and bridges, and for economic development in affected areas.
"Superstorm Sandy was one of the most destructive storms to ever hit the United States and had a measurable impact on Marylanders, especially on the residents of Somerset County. We've got businesses that need to restart and homes that need to be rebuilt," Mikulski said. "Those hit hardest by this storm must know they have a federal government on their side. These funds in the federal checkbook will help those still reeling from the devastation of Sandy to recover and rebuild their lives, their livelihoods and their communities."
Echoing similar sentiments, Cardin said, "I recently had the opportunity to see first-hand how devastating Superstorm Sandy was to the businesses and families who live in Somerset County. These federal CDBG funds are critically important because they will help keep Somerset County on the path to recovery and help residents as they rebuild their homes in a way that will mitigate damage in the future."
Similar funding is also going to New Jersey, New York City, New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
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