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Maryland Governor: Federal Disaster Declaration Approved for Flooding

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The aftermath of the historic flooding that occurred July 30 in Ellicott City, Md. (Photo: WUSA9 in D.C.) The aftermath of the historic flooding that occurred July 30 in Ellicott City, Md. (Photo: WUSA9 in D.C.)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WBOC)- Gov. Larry Hogan has announced his request for presidential disaster declaration for Ellicott City has been approved.
    
The governor said Friday that Maryland and Howard County will be eligible for federal assistance to help pay costs for the response and recovery from the July 30 flooding that damaged much of Main Street in Ellicott City as well as surrounding areas.
    
Federal assistance will be made available for expenses related to infrastructure repair and replacement. Help also will be available for hazard mitigation projects, debris removal and other costs associated with the storm.

“This is welcome news for the people of Ellicott City,” said Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman. “This declaration will help us coordinate and take advantage of the many federal resources available to us. These resources will help us implement long-term flood mitigation projects to rebuild Ellicott City to become a model resilient community. I am thankful to Gov. Hogan and our federal delegation for their continued support throughout this process.”
    
Federal, state and local officials conducted damage assessments last month.
    
The flooding damaged or destroyed dozens of buildings and more than 200 vehicles. Two people died in the flooding.

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