Hogan seeks federal disaster declaration for January storm

Hogan seeks federal disaster declaration to help with costs stemming from record-setting January blizzard.

Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday requested a presidential declaration of a disaster regarding the January 22 snow storm, a move that would provide federal funds to help recoup costs stemming from cleanup of the storm that dumped as much as 35 inches of snow on parts of the state.

"We are requesting a disaster declaration in order to provide Maryland with all assistance available following the historic snowstorm we experienced last month," Hogan said in a letter requesting the declaration.

The blizzard buried the Baltimore area under nearly 30 inches of snow, a new record for the heaviest snowfall ever, and left many streets impassable for days. Hogan declared a state of emergency that lasted nearly a week.

Russell Strickland, Maryland Emergency Management Agency executive director, previously sent a letter of intent that Maryland would pursue federal disaster assistance. He requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency begin coordinating with the state for a joint damage assessment. That took place during the first couple of weeks in February.

"MEMA worked closely with local governments and FEMA to jointly assess damages and costs incurred and initial estimates have validated the significant impact of this storm," Strickland said.

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