President Obama has declared a major disaster for parts of Maine hit by the remnants of Hurricane Irene, paving the way for federal aid to support state and local recovery efforts.

The White House announced Obama’s decision late Tuesday, four days after Gov. Paul LePage requested a federal disaster declaration for Franklin, Oxford and York Counties.

Officials said then that a joint federal-state damage assessment found more than $2.4 million in response costs and damages in the three counties. Obama’s disaster declaration ensures that the federal government will reimburse towns, counties and state agencies 75 percent of the costs
incurred in response to high winds, heavy rains and flooding associated with the storm.

Federal funding is also available to offset state and local efforts to lessen hazardous conditions statewide.