Damage to Knox County roads, bridges, and waterfront facilities totaled at least $692,000 from the wind and rain storm that slammed the region on Dec. 23.

Employees from the Federal Emergency Management Agency visited communities this week to validate the damage claims. Once FEMA finishes those visits around the state, Maine Emergency Management Agency will work with the governor’s office on requesting a disaster declaration for the counties that reach a certain threshold.

Preliminary estimates from Knox County shows that the region has exceeded that threshold.

Knox County Emergency Management Agency Director Candice Richards said she and FEMA visited Rockport, Camden and St. George, and held a virtual meeting with North Haven via zoom, on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and Owls Head and Washington on Thursday, Jan. 12

Camden had the most reported damage to public properties in Knox County at $291,400. Rockport is listed at $226,400. Washington reported $80,000 in damages, Owls Head $28,100, North Haven $25,000, St. George $21,500, Union, $3,300, and Thomaston $1,530.

Camden and Rockport both had a lot of damage along the harbor to pilings, sea walls, granite supports in the water, municipal floats and docks. Richards said the repair costs in Camden will likely go a lot higher than the conservative initial estimates provided to give FEMA. Both towns also had a significant amount of debris and seaweed that had to be trucked out, not to mention all the trees down on the roads like in all the towns, the EMA director said.

Washington had a lot of trees down and several roads that were eroded on the shoulders from the fast moving water during the rain downpours, she said.

Rockland is not included in the list but City Manager Tom Luttrell said there was damage to the middle pier and an estimate for repair is being compiled.

The state threshold to get federal disaster aid is $2.4 million and damage has already been estimated at more than $3 million.