Gov. Healey Appeals FEMA Denial Of Disaster Aid Request

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Gov. Maura Healey has appealed the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s denial of her administration’s Major Disaster Declaration Request.

Healey sent a letter to President Joe Biden and FEMA Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich asking them to reconsider her request after the “devastating” storms that caused severe weather and flooding in September 2023.

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In her letter, Healey detailed multiple aspects of the disaster relief plan that “justify Federal assistance,” including a water main break in Springfield, damaged sites in Leominster, and general “uniqueness” of New England architecture that can lead to basement flooding and home damage.

“I urge you to please reconsider our request and help us deliver the relief that Massachusetts cities and towns desperately need,” said Healey.

“The greatest remaining unmet recovery need associated with this severe storm and flooding is financial assistance to help avoid economic shock to communities, businesses, and families,” concluded Healey.

Healey has also proposed creating a new Disaster Relief and Resiliency Fund to help the Commonwealth respond to future natural disasters.

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