Governor Larry Hogan Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Baltimore and Howard Counties, Baltimore City Following Flooding
Federal Disaster Declaration Granted for Frederick and Washington Counties Impacted by Earlier Flooding
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the State of Maryland as a result of the severe storm and flooding that affected Baltimore County, Howard County, and Baltimore City on the evening of May 27, 2018. This follows the governor’s request last week for a disaster declaration for Frederick and Washington Counties due to flooding in mid-May, which was issued today.
“It was heartbreaking to witness a second flood in less than two years devastate Ellicott City. This time, areas of Baltimore County and Baltimore City had significant damage as well,” said Governor Hogan. “Our administration is committed to providing all available assistance to these communities, and the federal disaster declaration that I am requesting will bring additional resources to help impacted Marylanders.”
This request comes after the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) conducted damage assessments with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local officials.
“MEMA and FEMA worked closely with our local partners in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Howard County to jointly assess damages and costs incurred,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “This storm had a significant impact on the entire area and our estimates confirm this.”
If the federal government issues a Major Disaster Declaration, it will allow for federal assistance to be made available through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.