Federal funding to assist with disaster recovery from the February snowstorms has been made available after President Barack Obama signs a disaster declaration for the state.


President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in the state of Delaware and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe winter storms and snowstorms during the period of Feb. 5-11.

According to a statement released by the White House, federal funding now is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe winter storms and snowstorms in Kent, New Castle, and Sussex counties.

In addition, assistance is available to state and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures, including snow assistance, for a continuous 48-hour period during or proximate to the incident period.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

W. Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, named Regis Leo Phelan as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the state.

FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.