Officials tour county, assess need for flood disaster relief

February 04, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

A team of federal, state and local officials toured western Carroll County Friday to determine whether the county qualifies for federal disaster relief in the wake of last month's flooding.

Five other Maryland counties were declared disaster areas by President Clinton Jan. 23 because of flooding, but Carroll officials did not request federal help at first.

Minor flooding occurred around the county, and there was serious flood-related damage along the banks of the Monocacy River in Detour and Little Pipe Creek in Union Bridge Jan. 19.

The county applied for federal aid last week, and the governor forwarded that request to federal officials.

Chris Fedele of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mike Ritter of the American Red Cross, Larry Zimmerman of the federal Small Business Administration and George Thomas of the county's Emergency Management Office toured Detour and Union Bridge Friday and will file reports on the damage.

FEMA and state officials said federal officials probably will decide this week whether to include Carroll in the state's disaster relief region.

Last week, Buddy Redman, the county public safety administrator, said several homes and two businesses in Detour and four homes in Union Bridge were damaged by floodwaters.

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