Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Friday asked for federal disaster aid for the counties that were hit by last month’s winter storm.
Hogan asked President Obama to make a disaster declaration for Maryland, which would make the state eligible to receive federal assistance for the response to the storm.
“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 statement. “We are taking steps to recover and ensure we are ready for any future storms.”
Last month’s storm dumped more than three feet of snow in some parts of Maryland and caused high winds and freezing temperatures.
The Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has been working with local governments and the federal government to assess the damages of the storm.
Chas Eby, a MEMA spokesman, said Friday that the initial estimates are at $34.2 million. He said the figure is not final.
“This is only the initial estimate, validated by FEMA, that we are using for purposes of making the disaster declaration request,” Eby said. “Many state and local government agencies are continuing to assess costs and damages from the storm.”