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Obama signs Maryland disaster declaration for January storm

Heavy equipment moves tons of snow piled upwards of 50 feet from the parking shared by M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards.
Heavy equipment moves tons of snow piled upwards of 50 feet from the parking shared by M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards. (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

President Barack Obama signed a Maryland disaster declaration on Friday for the January snow storm that pummeled the East Coast, a move that will allow the state and local governments to recoup costs from the storm's cleanup.

"Federal aid made available to Maryland and our local communities will supplement state and local recovery efforts that have been ongoing since the storm," said Gov. Larry Hogan, who requested the designation last month.

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As much as 35 inches of snow fell on parts of the state during the storm, and the state's initial estimate identified more than $34 million in costs.

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