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Sununu asks for disaster declaration following July flooding

  • Crews worked to remove trees and debris from the damaged track at the Canaan Motor Club in Canaan, N.H., Tuesday, July 16, 2019, after Orange Brook surged over its banks and inundated the track on Thursday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to James M. Patterson

Staff and wire report
Published: 8/8/2019 10:10:49 PM
Modified: 8/8/2019 10:10:39 PM

CONCORD — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has requested a major disaster declaration for Grafton County and other areas hit by severe rain and flash flooding in July.

Sununu wrote to President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying the July 11-12 flooding washed out roads and left debris that restricted travel and emergency operations. He said the majority of the rain fell in less than six hours, with rates as high as 4.75 inches per hour reported. Rescuers helped evacuate some people from their homes and from a campground.

The flash floods caused $2.8 million in damages. About $850,000 of that was in Orange, while Canaan saw $311,698 of expenses, the governor’s letter said.

Overall, 75 miles of roads and more than 50 culverts required repairs.

Sununu emphasized how many of the communities affected are small towns, which will have to cut back on repairs, delay scheduled road work, increase taxes and take out loans in an attempt to recover.

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