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Gov. Charlie Baker Seeks Federal Disaster Relief for 6 Mass. Counties Hardest Hit by March Nor'easter

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    Gov. Baker Tours Storm-Damaged Cities

    Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker surveyed storm damage Sunday as the clean-up efforts continue after a nor'easter hit coastal communities especially hard.

    (Published Sunday, March 4, 2018)

    Gov. Charlie Baker is seeking federal disaster relief for six Massachusetts counties hit hardest by the March 2-3 nor'easter that pounded the region with hurricane-force wind and rain and downed trees.

    The Republican governor on Monday asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a major disaster declaration for Essex, Plymouth, Norfolk, Bristol, Barnstable and Nantucket counties.

    Baker said preliminary estimates show emergency protective measures, debris clearance, and repairing or replacing damaged public infrastructure exceed $23.8 million — well beyond the statewide threshold of $9.5 million.

    Baker is also seeking a disaster declaration from the federal Small Business Administration.

    The declaration would let the agency make low-interest home disaster and business physical disaster loans available to eligible applicants in Norfolk County and neighboring counties including Plymouth, Bristol, Suffolk, Middlesex and Worcester.


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