Obama Declares Montgomery County Disaster Area for Derecho

Damages in Montgomery were severe enough to mean local governments, and some non-profits, can qualify for federal assistance.


President Obama Thursday declared a major disaster exists in six jurisdictions in Maryland, including Montgomery County, that wreaked havoc, including knocking out power to hundreds of thousands in a major heat wave.

The declaration means federal aid is available for state and local recovery efforts due to the storms, winds and aftermath from June 29-July 8.

The funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities in the counties of Calvert, Charles, Kent, Montgomery, and St. Mary’s and the City of Baltimore, according to a White House statement.

Federal money could reimburse up to 75 percent of the costs associated with response and clean-up from the storms, according to Gov. Martin O'Malley's office.

Other counties could be added later as they continue to calculate their costs from the storm. The declaration also includes state-wide hazard mitigation funds to help government agencies reduce the threat of future events.

dcr20854 August 02, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Can we use Federal funds to imprison all of PEPCO's officers? For a very very long time? With very ugly cellmates?
Bob Benker August 02, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Wow, how many ways can this guy spend Federal tax dollars?
Tia Mor August 02, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Forget THAT!!!! What about all the small busineses that were affected?? Once again the Feds and state are screwing us once AGAIN!!! Thanks for all the small business love!! ****wallkng away shaking my head******
Jerome Yurow August 02, 2012 at 11:43 PM
John August 03, 2012 at 01:46 AM
If this was not an election year this never would have happened!
Captain Cook August 03, 2012 at 01:52 AM
And where was the dope Van Holland? In the Washington Hilton spending his per diem, laughing!
Theresa Defino August 03, 2012 at 03:03 AM
You people are nuts.
jasvisp August 03, 2012 at 04:09 AM
It is so heartening to see that there are a few other Conservatives, or at least people with common sense, who are paying attention to what is happening in Maryland, (taxes on everything, climbing, climbing)..... illegal immigrant haven, ......(Article 21)....research it)...and specifically in Montgomery County. Ken Timmerman (R)is running against Van Hollen, U.S. Congress, (District 8) which now encompasses Carroll and Fredrick counties...that's why we have a chance of beating Van Hollen...these people are smart and dowm to earth. Learn about Ken Timmrerman and get his name out there!
jasvisp August 03, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Frank, Is that comment the best you can do? Please look at issues....libs refuse to engage! So frustrating...try to see things rationally, without caring about what anyone else thinks or believes. Just use your common sense.....we can't be that far apart, can we?
BERNIE FISKEN August 03, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Given the clever and witty coments expresed by Montgomery County-ers, clearly our County is blessed with somc very creative people. One creative idea is for MONTGOMERY COUNTY TO DECLARE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION "A "DISASTER AREA."...
erin bliss August 03, 2012 at 12:33 PM
HE isn't spending it.
erin bliss August 03, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Thank you for saying that. I was thinking the same thing. Their comments make no sense whatsoever!
erin bliss August 03, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Libs don't like to engage with crazy people.
erin bliss August 03, 2012 at 12:37 PM
The only disaster is that every time Obama proposes something, no matter what it is, the Republicans are against it. He could say the sky is blue and they'd argue that it isn't. Obama isn't the problem.
macadoodle August 03, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Ah, the PROGs are at it again, aggressively attacking everyone who disagrees with their world view and once again straying from the main point: PEPCO whose incompetence created the situation where the County and State would even qualify for a disaster area. So the nanny state of MD calls the Exec Branch to bail them out of the nightmare that they and PEPCO and the PSC created in the first place. Now, taxpayers nationally as well as in the state will be used to foot the bill for the shenanigans.
jag August 03, 2012 at 03:06 PM
?????? This has nothing to do with PEPCO and "the PROGs" aren't attacking anything other than inane comments that have exactly zero to do with reality or this article.
Mercy Fork August 03, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Most of the people who make the crazy ranting comments don't even live here. I think they literally do a google news search for the word "obama" and then paste their uh, "thoughts" into every comment box they can.
Mercy Fork August 03, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I'm still not sure what "PROG" stands for, though. Pinko republican-offending gaywads?
MocoLoco August 03, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Liberal or conservative, can we all agree how ridiculous it is that the White House took over a month to recognize a disaster in an adjoining state? Seriously, we're almost done cleaning up for it, and he's just now paying attention to this?
Theresa Defino August 03, 2012 at 03:47 PM
It did not take the White House a month. Get some facts before you spout off. WRONG. Applying takes work and it looks like approval was quite swift. Like a week or less. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/23/mcdonnell-seeks-25mfema-aid-after-storms/
Corbin Dallas Multipass August 03, 2012 at 03:52 PM
http://www.fema.gov/disasters If you look through the entries there it seems that the process can take from only a day to a few weeks and even months, so it isn't atypical for this declaration to come this late. Some other examples of disaster areas declared after weeks/months: New Hampshire Severe Storm And Flooding Tuesday, May 29, 2012 to Thursday, May 31, 2012 Major Disaster Declaration declared on Friday, June 15, 2012 (DR-4065) Oklahoma Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding Saturday, April 28, 2012 to Tuesday, May 1, 2012 Major Disaster Declaration declared on Thursday, June 14, 2012 (DR-4064) Hawaii Severe Storms, Flooding, And Landslides Saturday, March 3, 2012 to Sunday, March 11, 2012 Major Disaster Declaration declared on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 (DR-4062)
Corbin Dallas Multipass August 03, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Thanks Theresa, that's interesting. So the delay is more likely because the local state governments file for aid after the disaster.
Theresa Defino August 03, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Or, there actually WAS no delay. It wasn't a big event that would automatically qualify. And sometimes what you read about a "disaster declaration" is coming from the state itself, not FEMA. Thanks for the additional info.
Jewel Barlow August 03, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Can someone point to a summary treatment of how federal disaster funds get passed out? Is it determined by political considerations as is implied by "Obama administration sends X$ to ?? or ???" Or are there clear guidelines for dispensing funds? And is the program too easy like the historic federally backed flood insurance that has helped populate too much of our coastlines with buildings in clearly hazardous locations? Or more like the more recent incarnation of that flood insurance program with more realistic risk assessments included in the costs? I would hope that the federal aid is based on a properly risk based insurance model available to all entities from local governments, to businesses, to individual home owners, for purchase at their discretion. But I don't think that is the case.
Corbin Dallas Multipass August 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
http://www.fema.gov/declaration-process There are other links there that explain, I don't have time to look through them but they'll answer those questions or get closer to answers, I imagine.


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