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Howard County Derecho Costs: $246,000

The county spent $0.86 per capita related to the June 29 and 30 storm.

Howard County Derecho Costs: $246,000

Gov. Martin O'Malley requested federal aid recently for six jurisdictions in Maryland as a result of the storm that hit at the end of June, and Howard County, which incurred more than $240,000 in storm costs, wasn't one of them.

To be included in the request for federal aid, Howard County would have needed to spend $3.39 per capita in storm costs, according to Kevin Enright, spokesman for the county government.

Storm-related costs for the county totaled $0.86 per capita, said Enright.

Howard County tallied up its storm-related costs to $184,494, said Enright, and combined with state agencies' expenditures—like the State Highway Administration and the Department of Social Services—the grand total was $246,226, or $0.86 per capita, said Enright.

Jurisdictions that met the cost per capita threshold were Baltimore City and Calvert, Charles, Kent, Montgomery and Saint Mary’s counties.

If the request for federal aid is granted, those areas will qualify for reimbursement for up to 75 percent of storm-associated costs, according to a statement from O'Malley.

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