Allegany, Frederick get storm-disaster status Counties made eligible for flood relief funds

September 18, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

President Clinton yesterday declared Allegany and Frederick counties disaster areas, enabling residents and business owners to apply for federal aid to pay for damage caused by Tropical Storm Fran earlier this month.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening had requested the disaster area designation for Garrett, Washington, Charles and Calvert counties, but it was denied.

"Today's approval marks an important first step in helping Marylanders who were most severely affected by the flooding get the assistance they need to recover from their devastating losses," Glendening said in a statement.

Heavy rainfall from Fran earlier this month caused the Potomac River to rise, bringing extensive flooding to Point of Rocks in Frederick County.

The damage was worse in Allegany County, where rising water in creeks and tributaries near Lonaconing and Westernport destroyed 19 homes and damaged 545 others.

Because the disaster relief is being offered to individuals in the form of grants, low-cost loans and other programs to help property owners recover from the effects of the flood, officials have no firm cost estimate of the disaster relief, said Lisa Albin, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency.

The disaster relief covers such basics as beds, refrigerators and stoves. Luxuries such as videocassette recorders would likely not be replaced, Albin said.

Residents and business owners in the two designated counties can apply for assistance by calling 1-800-462-9029 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., seven days a week. The TDD number for the deaf is 1-800-462-7585.

Pub Date: 9/18/96

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