Baltimore County To Receive Sandy Aid From FEMA

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WASHINGTON (WJZ) — When Superstorm Sandy rolled over the East Coast, Maryland was largely spared, but there was enough damage to attract the attention of federal authorities.

As Mike Schuh explains, some cleanup money is coming our way.

To be clear, our damage was mild compared to New York or New Jersey, but it still costs millions for the county to put its emergency plan in place.

Now the county is entitled to reimbursement from the federal government.

“So we have to prepare for the worst case scenario. This was a storm that could very easily could have come just the wrong way for us and caused the kind of damage for us that it did to northern New Jersey and New York,” said Baltimore County Fire spokesperson Elise Armacost.

The county estimates it cost more than $3 million to plan, staff, and then clean up after Sandy.

“We will now meet with FEMA representatives to go over the specifics of our expenses as they relate to storm preparation and infrastructure damage,” said Armacost.

The feds will pay up to 75 percent of the costs the county incurred.

It usually takes about a year for the expenses to be approved and sent to the county.

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