President Obama declared parts of Maine a federal disaster area following the January blizzard.
That will free up federal money to cover the costs associated with snow and flooding in Androscoggin, Cumberland and York Counties. Additional designations may also be made as other counties tally up losses associated with the storm and if the state requests the funds. Maine was one of several states that dealt with more than 2 feet of snow and flooding between January 26 and the 28.
The Maine National Guard is getting a new headquarters.
The Federal Government has awarded the state $32 million dollars to build the facility near the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta. The 100-thousand square foot facility will become the nerve center for Maine's Army and Air National Guards. It will also replace the aging headquarters at Camp Keyes, although some portions of the camp will remain open for other Maine Guard operations. Crews hope to break ground for the project this summer.