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Governors Request Disaster Aid to Help Pay for October Storms

Published: 11/29/2017 12:09:19 AM
Modified: 11/29/2017 12:09:25 AM

Concord — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has requested a major disaster declaration and federal emergency assistance for five counties following an October storm that caused widespread damage and power outages.

The combination of heavy rainfall and damaging winds caused severe damage to hundreds of miles of local and state roadways and dozens of bridges and culverts in New Hampshire on Oct. 29-Oct. 30.

The high winds damaged many trees and power lines, disrupting electricity to approximately 270,000 customers.

Sununu on Tuesday requested assistance for Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, and Sullivan counties. This would be the third federally declared disaster the state has experienced in the last seven months.

And in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott has made a request for federal disaster funds to assist communities and public utilities in 10 counties in paying for repairs to public roads and bridges damaged from the storms last month.

Scott said damage to the state’s power grid was extensive in the storm on Oct. 29 and 30. He said several communities spent days clearing debris, and that cut into public works budgets.

A preliminary damage assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency identified $3.7 million in public infrastructure damage, far exceeding the $1 million minimum Vermont must show to be considered for a disaster declaration. Addison, Chittenden, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange, Orleans, Washington, and Windham counties each exceeded the $3.68 per capita threshold needed to qualify communities and public utilities for assistance.

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