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Maryland's Eastern Shore Receives Federal Help 10 Months After Sandy

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Members from several Maryland National Guard units were deployed to Crisfield, Md., to assist local authorities with house-to-house evacuations on Oct. 30, 2012. Guard members helped first responders evacuate senior citizens, families and children in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
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Members from several Maryland National Guard units were deployed to Crisfield, Md., to assist local authorities with house-to-house evacuations on Oct. 30, 2012. Guard members helped first responders evacuate senior citizens, families and children in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved Maryland's plan to use federal funding to help Lower Shore communities, such as Crisfield, Md., to recover from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

Somerset County, alone, will receive $8.6 million, according to U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski. The county is one of the poorest in Maryland, and since the storm, some residents have been unable to pay to repair their damaged homes and are still living elsewhere.

Mikulski, along with Sen. Ben Cardin and Gov. Martin O'Malley, fought to ensure that Crisfield wasn't forgotten when federal aid money was allotted.

"So while New York City was getting the big bucks, we wanted to make sure Crisfield's small businesses and the communities and the families would also get help," says Mikulski.

She says she hopes $8.6 million will do a lot of good for a resilient community still trying to get back on its feet.

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