Cape Cod Towns Do Not Qualify For Federal Disaster Declaration Money

Karyn PolitoYARMOUTH – The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has announced that Cape Cod does not qualify for a federal disaster declaration.

The National Weather Service said that three tornadoes ripped through Yarmouth, Chatham, Dennis and Harwich on July 23 causing extensive damage in the towns.

Each town tallied up their costs for cleanup and public safety and submitted them to MEMA.

After MEMA conducted their Initial Damage Assessment (IDA), the town’s costs were around $3.7 million, which is short of the $9.6 million needed to meet the threshold for a federal disaster declaration.

The towns are now expected to look to the Cape’s legislative delegation to get funding in a supplemental state budget.

Last month, the Baker-Polito administration announced a $1 million emergency loan fund and tourism support following tornado damage on Cape Cod.

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