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O’Malley seeks storm disaster declaration

ANNAPOLIS — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he is seeking a presidential disaster declaration for damage from a storm that knocked out power to more than a million in the state.

O’Malley announced Friday that he was seeking the declaration for the city of Baltimore and Calvert, Charles, Kent, Montgomery and St. Mary’s counties. The governor’s office says other counties could be added later and the request also seeks statewide funding to help reduce the threat of future events.

The governor says the jurisdictions took extraordinary measures to remove debris, direct traffic at intersections without power and provide cooling centers for those left without power during a heat wave. The aid would reimburse county and municipal governments up to 75 percent of the costs associated with storm response and cleanup.

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