Today Congressman Mike Michaud issued the following statement in response to the severe floods in Brownville, Patten, and Milo, Maine:
I was deeply concerned to hear the news of the flash floods that occurred in Brownville, Milo, and Patten over the last several days. My staff and I have spent the last two days reaching out to and connecting with the towns affected by the floods to offer our support and services. In addition to the towns, we have reached out to Cate Street, Maine Montreal Atlantic Railway, and Maine Department of Transportation to obtain updates and learn how we can be helpful. My staff also visited the region this afternoon and will be keeping me informed about the ongoing situation.
I spoke to FEMA this afternoon to pass along information about the floods from the communities and to alert them to a likely request for disaster relief from the state. I emphasized how important it is that this request for disaster assistance be handled expeditiously to limit economic damage to Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties and to the entire state.
In the coming days, I will continue to work to help the area recover and to ensure that any request for disaster assistance is quickly processed by FEMA. I look forward to visiting the affected region this Saturday."