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The announcement came this afternoon from Gov. John Baldacci, who said the declaration covers York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc,Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties.The declaration, requested hours earlier by the governor, allowsthe feds to release supplies to assist emergency and utilityworkers in the final stretch of restoring electricity.Central Maine Power hopes to complete power restoration effortsWednesday. As of last count, about 30,000 homes and businesses were still in the dark. All but 500 of the remaining outages are in York County.Baldacci said the granting of federal assistance is a criticalstep in delivering key response and recovery services throughoutthe affected counties. He said state officials are continuing tocompile information in support of a likely request for additionalrecovery funds.