ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC)- Gov. Larry Hogan is ending a state of emergency after what he calls "the most significant and widespread storm" Maryland has ever experienced.
Hogan announced in a news release Friday that he was ending the state of emergency declared ahead of last weekend's blizzard. The declaration went into effect Jan. 22 as the storm moved into the state, bringing 2 to 3 feet of snow to some areas.
"Thanks to the efforts of so many state employees, members of our law enforcement and National Guard, emergency responders, highways workers, and volunteers - we responded effectively and efficiently," Hogan said. "Most importantly, I want to thank the people of Maryland, who showed tremendous patience and resilience both responding to and recovering from this historic storm."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ranks the snowstorm as the fourth most powerful to hit the Northeast in at least 66 years.
Officials are seeking federal disaster aid, saying they expect tens of millions of dollars in snow removal costs, damage to public property and emergency measures to protect lives and property.