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September 13, 1996
Gov. Parris N. Glendening requested federal disaster aid yesterday for six Maryland counties that sustained severe flood damage in the wake of Hurricane Fran.In a letter to President Clinton, the governor asked that Allegany, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties be declared major disaster areas.But disaster officials were not optimistic because the damage estimates of $1.4 million to public infrastructure are below the $5 million mark that the Federal Emergency Management Agency generally requires before recommending presidential declarations.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
Granting an appeal by Gov. Martin O'Malley, the Obama administration reversed course Friday and approved disaster aid for Somerset County residents who suffered damage from the remnants of Hurricane Sandy. However, the federal government did not alter its Dec. 3 decision to deny help to Western Maryland. "This assistance will provide much-needed and long-awaited relief for hundreds of residents in Somerset County," O'Malley said in a statement released Friday night. "Well, that is grand," said Somerset homeowner Sandy Sturgis after hearing the news.
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February 6, 1996
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared Carroll County a federal disaster area, meaning homeowners and businesses will be eligible for low-interest loans and grants."
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November 15, 2011
It turns out the Harford County government has met the Federal Emergency Management Agency's threshold of $800,851.02 spent in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee to qualify for federal disaster aid. It's an odd number, but no one ever said federal funding formulas weren't odd. Another thing that's a bit odd, though, is how much difference county officials seem to believe this amount of money will make when it comes to Harford County's budget...
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By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | February 26, 1994
Gov. William Donald Schaefer has asked President Clinton to declare Maryland a "major disaster" area because of the severe winter storms, the third time in less than a year that the governor has sought federal disaster relief.The storms, which occurred from Jan. 4 to Feb. 18, caused an estimated $28 million in damage throughout the state and disrupted services ranging from fuel delivery to trash removal, Mr. Schaefer wrote in a letter sent to the president yesterday.A disaster declaration would make state and local governments -- and several nonprofit utility companies -- eligible for federal disaster funds that would help pay for storm-related costs.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 16, 2006
Almost three weeks after floodwaters swept through parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with a destructive force not experienced in decades, residents and officials are struggling to begin a vast recovery effort that could end up costing $1 billion or more. With most of the worst damage in rural communities, the full scope of the destruction is still being assessed. Forty-five counties in the three states have been declared federal disaster areas. "The amount of damage and the extent of flooding are the most seen in 30 years," said Larry Sommers, the deputy field coordinator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in New York.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1999
Maryland and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are opening four disaster recovery centers in northern Maryland and on the Eastern Shore tomorrow to help residents and businesses devastated by flooding from Hurricane Floyd.People in the 11 Maryland counties President Clinton declared federal disaster areas last week should call FEMA's toll-free number before going to the centers, said Crystal Payton, a FEMA spokeswoman.Clinton authorized federal disaster funds Friday for Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's and Talbot counties.
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November 15, 2011
It turns out the Harford County government has met the Federal Emergency Management Agency's threshold of $800,851.02 spent in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Lee to qualify for federal disaster aid. It's an odd number, but no one ever said federal funding formulas weren't odd. Another thing that's a bit odd, though, is how much difference county officials seem to believe this amount of money will make when it comes to Harford County's budget...
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2011
The state, 13 Maryland county governments and some private nonprofit organizations are now eligible for federal recovery assistance from damage from Hurricane Irene. President Barack Obama declared a major federal disaster Friday on the Eastern Shore and in Cecil, Harford, Calvert and St. Mary's counties to supplement recovery efforts for costs and damage incurred between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5. Irene made landfall Aug. 27 on the North Carolina's Outer Banks and swept north just 10 miles off the Maryland beaches.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,Staff Writer | July 22, 1993
Following up his inspection tour last week of sun-scorched fields, Gov. William Donald Schaefer yesterday requested federal disaster relief for Maryland farmers.In letters to President Clinton and Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy, Governor Schaefer said that state farmers have already suffered millions of dollars in losses and that the damage to corn, soybean, fruits and vegetables is mounting each day."I have visited farms in both Cecil and Wicomico counties and have seen the stress the heat and lack of rain have caused," Mr. Schaefer wrote.
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By Frank D. Roylance, The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2011
The state, 13 Maryland county governments and some private nonprofit organizations are now eligible for federal recovery assistance from damage from Hurricane Irene. President Barack Obama declared a major federal disaster Friday on the Eastern Shore and in Cecil, Harford, Calvert and St. Mary's counties to supplement recovery efforts for costs and damage incurred between Aug. 24 and Sept. 5. Irene made landfall Aug. 27 on the North Carolina's Outer Banks and swept north just 10 miles off the Maryland beaches.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,Sun reporter | May 3, 2008
Gov. Martin O'Malley has asked the U.S. commerce secretary to declare the Chesapeake Bay's blue crab fishery a federal disaster, a move officials hope will generate $15 million to create jobs for watermen. If granted, the designation would mark the first time that a Chesapeake Bay industry has been declared a federal disaster, state officials said. "We will keep our watermen working on things that bring back the bay while we are waiting for [the crab] population to rebound," O'Malley said yesterday in Fells Point.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 16, 2006
Almost three weeks after floodwaters swept through parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with a destructive force not experienced in decades, residents and officials are struggling to begin a vast recovery effort that could end up costing $1 billion or more. With most of the worst damage in rural communities, the full scope of the destruction is still being assessed. Forty-five counties in the three states have been declared federal disaster areas. "The amount of damage and the extent of flooding are the most seen in 30 years," said Larry Sommers, the deputy field coordinator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in New York.
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By NICOLE FULLER and NICOLE FULLER,SUN REPORTER | July 3, 2006
President Bush granted federal disaster aid yesterday to two Eastern Shore counties for cleanup and repair after last week's torrential rainfall caused as much as $10 million in damage. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. requested the aid in a letter to the president Friday for the five counties he deemed had sustained the most damage from the severe storms: Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford and Montgomery. Bush approved the aid for Caroline and Dorchester. "Obviously the governor is pleased that the federal government responded to his request," said Ehrlich spokesman Henry Fawell.
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By SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL | September 19, 2005
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.: Assistance designed to help those struck by disaster has also become a tool for politicians to bring home prized federal dollars and a windfall to residents in some of the nation's poorest communities. In between are privately contracted damage inspectors with little incentive to safeguard the public purse. The system is fueled by an unlimited budget - if the money runs out, the Federal Emergency Management Agency returns to Congress for more. Everyone benefits, a South Florida Sun-Sentinel investigation found, except taxpayers footing the bill.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | May 1, 2002
LA PLATA - Gov. Parris N. Glendening, who toured this town's most devastated areas yesterday, asked President Bush to declare Charles, Calvert and Dorchester counties federal disaster areas after Sunday's ferocious and fatal tornado. The request, announced by Glendening as he was shown the wreckage of law offices, a home improvement center and a flower shop, is the first step to receiving federal assistance to help repair damage estimated by state officials at more than $100 million. A response from the White House could take several days.
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | August 22, 1998
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Maryland Emergency Board reported serious drought damage to field crops yesterday, particularly in the southern part of the state, but withheld a recommendation that the governor seek federal disaster relief."
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Washington Bureau | September 3, 1992
WASHINGTON -- Saying that the people of Florida have been "victimized twice," first by a killer hurricane and then by a slow federal government, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is calling for an overhaul of federal disaster relief policy.Ms. Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate spending subcommittee that oversees the beleaguered Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will ask for a study of the government's disaster policy that will serve as a blueprint for legislation next year."The human tragedy is truly intolerable, because the people of South Florida have been victimized twice," the Maryland Democrat said in a statement, noting that the hurricane could not have been controlled.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1999
Maryland and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are opening four disaster recovery centers in northern Maryland and on the Eastern Shore tomorrow to help residents and businesses devastated by flooding from Hurricane Floyd.People in the 11 Maryland counties President Clinton declared federal disaster areas last week should call FEMA's toll-free number before going to the centers, said Crystal Payton, a FEMA spokeswoman.Clinton authorized federal disaster funds Friday for Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's and Talbot counties.
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By Rachel D. Mansour and Rachel D. Mansour,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 21, 1999
Representatives from state and federal agencies toured Anne Arundel County yesterday with local officials to survey the mess left by Hurricane Floyd.They found a big one in the Herald Harbor neighborhood, where electrical wires were tangled, a telephone pole lay toppled by a 60-foot oak tree and several houses had gaping holes in their roofs."
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