Preparedness & Recovery

Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for Maryland, Allowing Aid for Ellicott City After May Flooding

Maryland's representatives in Congress called on President Donald J. Trump to declare a disaster in the May flooding that devastated Ellicott City and parts of Baltimore and Baltimore County.

by Jim Joyner, The Baltimore Sun / July 3, 2018
Utility workers check the power lines on Main Street after Sunday's floodwaters that raged down the downtown district in Ellicott City, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Searchers on Tuesday scouring a river alongside the historic Maryland town ripped apart by flash flooding found the body of a man last seen being swept away by the raging waters as it gutted shops and pushed parked cars into swollen tributaries. AP/Courtney Columbus

(TNS) — President Donald Trump has approved a disaster declaration in Maryland stemming from storms and flooding that occurred in May, and ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts.

The declaration announced late Monday covers areas affected by severe storms from May 27 to May 28, including parts of Ellicott City. Flooding in Ellicott City’s historic downtown destroyed property and led to the death of a National Guardsman, who was swept away as he tried to help a local woman.

Maryland's representatives in Congress called on President Donald J. Trump to declare a disaster in the May flooding that devastated Ellicott City and parts of Baltimore and Baltimore County.

A disaster declaration would unlock money for rebuilding and repairs. Gov. Larry Hogan made a similar request ...

The damage to infrastructure was estimated at $10.5 million in Howard County; $8.6 million in Baltimore County and $3 million in Baltimore.

Maryland's congressional delegation had called on the president to make the disaster declaration, saying the storm event had been of “such severity and magnitude that effective recovery is beyond the capabilities of the State of Maryland and Howard County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City alone.”

Gov. Larry Hogan had also sought the president’s declaration.

How Ellicott City flooded: A timeline

On another day, a cold front headed toward the Baltimore area from Frederick might not have been anything to worry about.

But when it arrived Sunday over Ellicott City and Catonsville, the accompanying slow-moving rain storms had mixed with tropical moisture overhead from the Atlantic Ocean and ...

The action makes federal funding available to Maryland, local governments and some nonprofits for emergency work and repairs in Baltimore and Howard counties. According to a release from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state after further damage assessments.

The assistance can include payment of 75 percent of eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, and not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects, among other provisions, according to the release.

FEMA approved a disaster declaration last week for rain, mudslides and flooding in Maryland’s Frederick and Washington counties earlier in May.

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