Over $2 Million Allocated to Low-Income Mainer’s to Cover Losses from the 2008 Patriots Day Storm
As of September 30, 2010, $2.4 million was pumped into Maine’s economy helping individuals, families and non-profit organizations to recoup losses from the storm. In all, 162 individuals were assisted, with these funds, ranging from providing a senior woman in Aroostook County with a new pair of dentures after hers floated away in the flood to repairing ceilings, roofs and foundations.
Eleven non-profits were also assisted throughout the state, ranging from reimbursement for flood relief work in Aroostook and Penobscot Counties to rehab and new construction.
When Shirley found out about the Storm Recovery Program, she hesitantly applied as she thought it all too good to be true if she were to be accepted. Well today, the work is completed. Her roof had been leaking ever since the flood, the garage roof was sporting a bit of a skylight effect where the shingles and roofing paper had blown away. The den in her home had water damage and mold in the insulation. As a single income household, repairs simply were not an option for Shirley, as she simply could not absorb the cost.
When I met with Shirley, she shared that she looks around her home every morning, thrilled with all of the repairs. She was visibly emotional as she spoke about watching the contractor place the first row of new shingles. These were tears of joy and appreciation. With a shy quiver to her voice, she stated: “I appreciate this from the very bottom of my heart”.
Theresa Cucinotti, Penquis Intensive Case Manager