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The Federal Emergency Management Agency will make federal aid available to support Hurricane Irene recovery in Baltimore and Baltimore County.
Both the Maryland and federal emergency management agencies say the city and county would be added to list of state jurisdictions that were declared a disaster area following the August hurricane, and will be eligible for public assistance.
The disaster declaration also includes the counties of Calvert, Caroline, Charles, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, Talbot, Wicomico and Worcester. Once a disaster declaration is made, local governments, some nonprofit groups, and -- under certain circumstances -- individuals can receive funding for emergency services related to the storm. Those services include debris removal; and repair and replacement of roads, bridges, and buildings.
Under the program, FEMA will fund 75 percent of the cost for eligible repair work.