July 16, 2013

N.H. governor asks Obama for flood assistance

Heavy rain caused flash flooding, washed out roads and evacuated homes throughout the western part of the state from June 26 to July 3.

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has asked President Barack Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and provide emergency assistance for repairing rain and flood damage to the state that occurred from June 26 to July 3.

Preliminary damage assessment conducted by the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has indicated total damage exceeds over $6.2 million. Excessive heavy rain caused flash flooding, washed out roads and evacuated homes throughout the western part of the state and severely impacted many communities in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan counties.

"I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local governments," Hassan said Tuesday. "Federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of the state, local governments, disaster relief organizations and compensation by insurance for disaster-related losses."

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sent a letter to Obama in support of Hassan's request. She said the assistance needs to get to the affected communities without delay.

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