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Gov. O'Malley Visits Crisfield After FEMA Assistance Approval

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Gov. Martin O'Malley Gov. Martin O'Malley
Sen. Jim Mathias Sen. Jim Mathias

CRISFIELD, Md. - Maryland's Governor visited Superstorm Sandy victims today in Crisfield nearly a week after residents learned that FEMA aid is now available.

"There will be people that will be working to recover from this for years," said Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).      

It's been nearly two months since Gov. O'Malley toured Crisfield on Halloween, two days after Sandy.    

But in that time, he, along with Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski fought to get the city and Somerset County assistance.           

"Our goal is to get people back in shape so they can at least lay their head down and take their kids home with some dignity and some warmth in the winter time," said Gov. O'Malley.

"It's a really restored a lot of hope," said Kenda Brumley of Crisfield, Md. "I'd say for us all the families because we were lacking in that area after the hurricane."    

The work didn't stop there.  

Maryland State Sen. Jim Mathias worked the phones from his hospital bed in Baltimore's Shock Trauma unit, even though he was suffering from a serious foot infection.     

"People have lived in the same home for two to three generations didn't have flood insurance and small businesses didn't have it or were under insured," said Sen. Mathias. "They need our help and they needed it now."

As Crisfielders pass through the doors of the disaster recovery center to their road to recovery, Gov. O'Malley says that the residents wouldn't have gotten to this point if it wasn't for everyone working together.

So far, 526 Somerset County residents have registered for FEMA assistance since last Friday, equating to $356,205 in aid.

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