BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Healey has lifted the state of emergency that she declared was related to the severe weather and flooding.
According to a news release sent from her office, the state of emergency was declared on September 12th and 15th due to the severe weather and flooding and requested that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issue a Pre-Disaster Emergency Declaration under the Stafford Act, which would make Massachusetts eligible for Direct Federal Assistance for response costs including personnel, equipment, supplies, and evacuation assistance.
We’re relieved that the impacts of Hurricane Lee have been minimal across Massachusetts and grateful for the public safety officials who have been responding to and preparing for severe weather and flooding throughout the week. Flooding devastated several of our communities this week and we will continue to support them as they move into the recovery phase. We thank the people of Massachusetts for their preparation and resiliency.Governor Maura Healey
Hurricane Lee has now been downgraded to a post-tropical storm, and western Massachusetts is expected to have no major impacts from Hurricane Lee on Saturday however, it will be breezy with winds out of the northwest at 10-20 mph and wind gusts between 25-40 mph at times. It is expected to stay dry here for almost everyone but a spot shower can not be ruled out.
FEMA, however, announced that President Joe Biden approved the Emergency Declaration for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on Saturday to respond to efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Hurricane Lee, according to a news release from FEMA.
This assistance is for the following counties:
The President’s actions authorize FEMA to coordinate all disaster relief efforts to alleviate the hardship and suffering that is caused by the storm. E. Craig Levy, Sr. has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations for the affected area.
Track: Hurricane Lee
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