MARYLAND - Senators Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin are urging the president to approve individual disaster assistance, Especially for Lower Shore counties effected by the storm.
That funding would be a much needed financial boost for residents whose homes were destroyed. FEMA is still reviewing the state's request for that relief fund.
The full text of the letter to President Obama follows:
November 21, 2012
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
We write to reiterate our strong support for individual assistance for the Counties of Somerset, Dorchester and Worcester as part of your recent declaration of a major disaster for the State of Maryland.
Nearly three weeks after Super-Storm Sandy, the residents of these counties are still suffering and in desperate need of assistance. With the holiday season upon us, we are concerned about further economic harm to these residents as they await assistance. Although we aware that this portion of the declaration remains under review, we urge a swift decision, absent of bureaucratic delay. The situation in these localities has the potential to negatively impact services in other areas, given an already strained economic environment.
Maryland continues to assess the full amount of damages and losses for this disaster, and we are grateful for the work of our federal partners as we do so. The individual assistance requested will provide vital resources to save lives and protect property. We appreciate your full consideration of this outstanding portion of Maryland's request, and look forward to continue working with you in this recovery.