August 4, 2013

N.H. officials welcome disaster declaration

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. - The four members of New Hampshire's congressional delegation and Gov. Maggie Hassan are welcoming a decision by President Barack Obama to declare parts of the state disaster areas, making them eligible for help in recovering from a series of severe storms.

The president's declaration, which was issued on Friday evening, will help pay for repairs to some damage in Cheshire, Sullivan, and Grafton counties between June 26 and July 3.

The counties will also be eligible to apply for Hazard Mitigation funds, which will cover some part of the cost of projects intended to reduce future damage.

A preliminary damage assessment done by officials with the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency determined damage exceeded $6.2 million.

Heavy rains washed out roads and forced the evacuation of some homes.

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