Portland is still assessing the monetary damage caused by the Aug. 13 storm that brought torrential rains to the city and caused widespread flooding damage to streets and municipal property.

The city’s spokeswoman, Jessica Grondin, said Fire Chief Jerome LaMoria has contacted the Federal Emergency Management Agency to determine if Portland qualifies for federal aid.

Grondin said she has heard from LaMoria that “there are indications the threshold (for federal aid) may have been too high” for the city to qualify. The city should know more about its chances for receiving federal aid once all department heads have totaled the damage, she added.

The storm dropped more than 6 inches of rain on Portland, with 3 inches falling in a 90-minute period.

Grondin described the impact of the storm in a news release:

Portland’s Emergency Dispatch Center received 841 calls for assistance during the storm. That number is several hundred higher than on a normal day.

 High Street between York and Commercial streets was washed out along the curbing and sidewalk.

There was flooding and sewage backup in the basement of City Hall. Merrill Auditorium had sewage and damage to the bathrooms, lobby, the backstage area, rehearsal hall and dressing rooms.

 A city-owned building at 65 Hanover St. that houses the Traffic Division and the Building Trades Division had severe flooding.

Deering Oaks Pond overflowed despite the fact that crews drained the pond by a foot in anticipation of the storm.

 Marginal Way flooded, stranding several motorists.

 Thirteen manhole covers were displaced by the rushing water and eight buildings had to be evacuated, including the La Quinta Inn and Suites at 340 Park Ave.


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