Maryland emergency management officials are asking lower Eastern Shore residents to report damage to their property that occurred during Superstorm Sandy as part of an effort to appeal denial of federal storm cleanup money.
Residents of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties with damage to report are asked to call the Maryland Department of Human Resources Relief Hotline for Superstorm Sandy at 888-756-7836.
State officials are seeking to gather as much information on damage as possible to boost Maryland's application for federal relief funds. The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday denied the state's request for assistance to individual state residents in repairing $27 million in damage, saying it was not severe enough to justify the federal expense.
State leaders quickly challenged the decision and vowed to appeal it. While the storm hit New Jersey and New York particularly hard, state officials say damage in areas such as Crisfield is equally as devastating.
Local, state and federal teams have returned to the lower Eastern Shore to ensure all damage has been surveyed and are seeking to collect as much information as possible from residents.
If residents call the toll-free number and get a recorded message, they are being asked to leave their name, phone number, address and the reason for the call.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun