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Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 3, 2013

Communications Office

President Obama Grants Governor Hassan's Request for Disaster Declaration for Recent Flooding
Presidential Declaration Makes Federal Aid Available for Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan Counties

CONCORD - Providing critical federal resources to New Hampshire communities recovering from recent flooding, Governor Maggie Hassan today announced that President Obama has granted her request for a major disaster declaration in response to the severe rain and flooding event in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan counties from June 26 through July 3.

"Communities throughout western New Hampshire experienced significant and widespread damage from the recent severe storm and flooding, and with this major disaster declaration, they will now be able to access critical federal dollars to aid in their recovery," Governor Hassan said. "I thank President Obama for his quick response to my request for assistance, as well as Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Congresswomen Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter for their support of this action to provide needed relief to our local communities."

Communities in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan counties are now eligible to receive resources through the federal Public Assistance Program, which provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of damaged infrastructure.

In addition, the President's declaration makes all New Hampshire communities eligible for resources through the federal Hazard Mitigation program, which provides grants to States and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the program is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can fund up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of approved projects.

The Preliminary Damage Assessment conducted by the state and the FEMA has indicated that the total damage exceeded $6,252,800.00 for this disaster. The excessive heavy rain caused flash-flooding conditions, washed-out roads and evacuated homes throughout the western part of the state and severely impacted many communities in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan counties.

Additional details on the major disaster declaration and available resources are attached.

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