In Other Nasty Weather News: Trump OKs Funds for October Storm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a New Hampshire disaster declaration.
The Republican on Tuesday declared a major disaster exists in the state and ordered federal funds for the areas affected by a severe storm and flooding in late October.
At its height, the storm caused more than 450,000 residents to lose power, making it the fourth-largest outage in New Hampshire history.
The White House said funding is available in the state on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of damaged facilities in Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan counties. It says federal funding also is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
“This storm significantly strained state and local resources as emergency responders dealt with heavy rainfall, county-wide flash flooding, damaging winds, significant debris that restricted travel and operations, and historical power outages,” Gov. Chris Sununu said. “Through this major disaster declaration, those most heavily impacted by the storm can have access to federal support for response efforts. I thank President Trump for his timely response to my request.”
After the Federal Emergency Management Agency, who worked with state and local emergency management officials, made a preliminary damage assessment, they found that the statewide costs for response efforts related to the storm exceeded $5,889,549.
The New Hampshire delegation also shared their approval of the federal support.
“This announcement is welcome news as New Hampshire continues to recover from this disaster,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. “As Granite State communities rebuild, this declaration will help ensure they receive the resources and assistance they need to fully recover.”
While Senator Hassan said, "New Hampshire suffered a significant financial toll as a result of the storms and flooding last October, and this declaration will provide critical support for Granite State communities as they continue to recover.”
Congresswoman Shea-Porter said, “This is why the federal government needs to be properly funded, so it can help states recover from and repair the damage caused by natural disasters and other events.”
“This Emergency Declaration will not only help communities rebuild," said Congresswoman Kuster, "but also improve their infrastructure so that they are better equipped to face future storms.”
NH1 News contributed material to this story.