President Trump grants federal disaster declaration after Maryland floods

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — President Donald Trump approved Gov. Larry Hogan’s request for a disaster declaration following a severe storm and flooding that hit the Baltimore area last month, devastating Ellicott City.

The governor announced the request Monday in a news release, which also said his earlier request for a disaster declaration for Frederick and Washington counties had been granted. President Trump approved Hogan’s request later Monday.

The distinction grants funding to the state and  local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding.

Those western Maryland counties were hit by flooding in mid-May.

The most recent request covers Baltimore County, Baltimore city and Howard County.

The storm that hit May 27 unleashed particularly destructive flooding in Ellicott City, turning its main street into a raging river.

A disaster declaration would open up federal aid for recovery efforts.

WTOP’s Sarah Beth Hensley contributed to this report.

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