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Gov. Hassan requests federal funds to pay for flood damage

CONCORD — To help New Hampshire communities recover from recent flooding, Gov. Maggie Hassan on Tuesday asked President Barack Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and provide emergency assistance for repairing damage done by heavy rains and flooding June 26 through July 3.

“This severe storm and flooding caused widespread destruction to the state and community infrastructure in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan counties, as well as to the homes of families,” Governor Hassan wrote.

“I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local governments. Federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of the state, local governments, disaster relief organizations and compensation by insurance for disaster-related losses.”

The Preliminary Damage Assessment conducted by the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has indicated that the total damage exceeded $6,252,800.

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