Governor Requests Disaster Declaration for Patriots' Day StormApril 18, 2007 - TRCAUGUSTA – Governor John Baldacci today requested a disaster declaration from the federal government as teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency began assessing damage in the state.Governor Baldacci also received an update about storm damage and recovery efforts at the Maine Emergency Management Agency.“The effects of this storm will be felt long after the rain has stopped falling and the wind has stopped blowing,” Governor Baldacci said. “We’re now doing everything we can to speed the recovery process, to repair roads and bridges, and get people back home and back to work.”Earlier in the day, Governor Baldacci and MEMA Director Rob McAleer conducted a flyover with the United States Coast Guard of Coastal and Southern Maine to see the damage caused by the Patriots’ Day Storm.“This storm has left a scar on large areas of the state,” Governor Baldacci said. “It will take a little while to get back where we were before the storm, but we will get there. I’m asking people to be safe, to not take any unnecessary risks and to be patient.”Early estimates put damage to public property and infrastructure from the storm at more than $11 million with only four counties partially reporting. The estimate does not include damage to homes or businesses and is certain to grow as more information is collected.Eight assessment teams from FEMA are on the ground today and are working in coordination with MEMA and local officials. Individuals and businesses should report damage to their towns.The Governor is scheduled to fly over the areas again on Thursday with local and state emergency management personnel and to tour impacted areas in Lincoln and York counties by car.Charles Summers, regional administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration, also will accompany Governor Baldacci on the tour.NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.