Maine Gov. John Baldacci is requesting a damage assessment for the torrential rainstorm that deluged eastern Maine earlier this month.
The Dec. 12 storm dropped 6 to 8 inches of rain in places, washing out local roads, flooding basements and closing a border crossing, causing at least $1.7 million in damages.
To qualify for a federal disaster declaration and assistance, the state must show damages of at least $1.65 million.
Washington County was hit the hardest, with an estimated $1.1 million in damages.
If a disaster declaration is granted, the federal government will cover 75 percent of the cost of needed repairs.
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