By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun
11:21 PM EDT, April 10, 2014
Maryland will receive federal disaster funding to help pay for snow-clearing efforts from a February storm that left a foot and a half of accumulation across parts of the region in a single day, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday.
No cost estimate from the storm has been released by the state, so it isn't clear how much funding Maryland could get.
The funding, distributed through the state, will assist eligible local governments and nonprofits "on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in Baltimore, Carroll and Howard counties," according to FEMA.
Federal money is also available to the state and eligible local governments that assisted those areas for a continuous 48-hour period during or around the Feb. 12-13 storm, the region's biggest in four years.
Statewide "hazard mitigation measures" can also qualify for funding, FEMA said. So, depending on need, funding could go to other areas that took on projects "to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters."
If governments and nonprofits qualify, FEMA funds may reimburse more than three-quarters of the cost of debris removal from public areas and emergency measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health.
Federal aid can also cover up to 75 percent of costs relating to "snow assistance" — including snow removal, de-icing, salting and sanding of roads during or around the storm.
The storm brought much of the state to a halt, as schools, businesses and governments closed for two days. Howard County officials said least two men died in shoveling-related incidents, and at least five others were hospitalized after traffic accidents. The winter was one of the region's coldest and snowiest on record.
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