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Gov. Hogan releases $4 million in aid for residents, businesses impacted by tornado in Annapolis, Edgewater

Governor Larry Hogan talks with Walter Vasquez, the owner of Annapolis International Market, during a tour of the tornado damage along West Street. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley received a letter from Hogan Friday morning notifying the city of $4 million in funding for residents and businesses impacted by the tornado, which can be used for home repair, short-term rental assistance, and business loans for impacted residents.
Governor Larry Hogan talks with Walter Vasquez, the owner of Annapolis International Market, during a tour of the tornado damage along West Street. Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley received a letter from Hogan Friday morning notifying the city of $4 million in funding for residents and businesses impacted by the tornado, which can be used for home repair, short-term rental assistance, and business loans for impacted residents. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

Maryland is making available up to $4 million in aid for residents and businesses impacted by the tornado that touched down in Edgewater and Annapolis in September, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Friday.

Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley received a letter from Hogan Friday morning notifying the city of the funding, which can be used for home repair, short-term rental assistance, and business loans for impacted residents.

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The funding will be directed to the Department of Housing and Community Development, Hogan wrote, where qualified applicants can access aid through the Maryland Disaster Housing Assistance Program, the Maryland Disaster Relief Housing Program, and the Maryland Business Recovery Loan program.

“This is the good news we’ve been waiting for,” Buckley said in a news release. “It means the funding is being released and we couldn’t be more pleased to be facilitating this for our residents who need it after the terror of the Sept. 1 tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Ida.”

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On Sept. 1, a tornado with wind speeds up to 125 mph ripped through Annapolis and Edgewater causing significant damage to homes, businesses and other structures. In the aftermath, community groups launched clean up efforts and Annapolis hosted a town hall to direct resources to those in need.

In addition to the funding, Hogan also requested the federal Small Business Administration make a physical disaster declaration in Anne Arundel and Cecil counties, which would provide low-interest loans and other resources available to businesses impacted by the storm.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Hogan requested the Federal Emergency Management Agency declare a major disaster, which would have allowed access to federal funds to help those who were impacted rebuild. FEMA declined the request.

“While FEMA denied the State’s request for a major disaster declaration, the State and my team have continued to work closely to provide assistance for impacted communities,” Pittman said in a statement. “I want to thank Governor Hogan and his team for their continued partnership with Anne Arundel County and our agencies, to provide immediate and effective assistance for our residents and businesses affected by the storm.”

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Initial damage assessments in Anne Arundel County tallied five buildings destroyed: 24 with major damage; 24 had minor damage and 25 others were listed as being affected. At least 18 of those homes were uninhabitable, according to a letter from Pittman to Hogan on Oct. 11 requesting aid.

In Annapolis, over 92 properties were affected, with five completely destroyed, 29 sustaining major damage and 46 with minor damage. In Annapolis, 37 individuals were initially displaced and 25 businesses were impacted, including 15 of which were condemned.

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