Bush approves disaster status


PORTLAND (AP) – President Bush has approved a major disaster declaration requested by Gov. John Baldacci following this month’s floods in York County, Sen. Susan Collins announced Thursday.

The flooding caused an estimated $7.4 million in damage to public property including roads and bridges. Wells has sustained the most damage, at $2.4 million, while York and Ogunquit each reported damages totaling $1.3 million.

In addition, more than 1,000 homes were damaged by the high waters.

Collins said Bush approved the declaration on the recommendation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The declaration sets the stage for federal assistance for eligible individuals whose property has been damaged or destroyed by the floods, as well for the repair or replacement of public property, she said.