ROCKVILLE – Montgomery County is requesting more than $14 million from the federal government as repayment for snow removal following the Jan. 22-23 blizzard.
“We’re expecting about $14.2 million to $14.3 million back from the feds in terms of snow assistance from the last storm,” said County executive spokesperson Patrick Lacefield.
That covers about 39 percent to 40 percent of the actual snow removal costs related to the storm.
“We probably spent around $36 million,” said Lacefield.
William Powell, a spokesperson with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Region III, said FEMA officials are still reviewing projects for reimbursement eligibility.
“That might be what they submitted to Maryland, but we haven’t seen that yet. We’re going to be working with Maryland on all the projects,” said Powell about the $14 million. “We’re going to work closely with them to review all projects that will be submitted.”
President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Maryland Friday, announcing a “major disaster” exists in the state.
Obama ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the severe winter storm and snowstorm.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest released a statement including Montgomery County as one of 19 localities in the state to receive federal funds “on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storm and snowstorm.”
Federal funding is also available “to the state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for snow assistance” during those two days, according to Earnest.
As for when the County should receive its reimbursement funds, that’s still to be determined, according to Powell.
“There’s not really a timeframe we go by,” said Powell. “More than likely, it will be later this year. Generally, it doesn’t take that long but each project’s different.”
Powell said the federal agency is working with its state counterparts in Maryland “to review projects that they’ll submit to us from the applicants that will cover what kinds of costs they have.”