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Trump gives federal disaster OK to NH for March storm, flooding

June 09. 2018 12:34PM
Drivers navigate Hampton's flooded streets during the storm on March 2, 2018. (Jason Schreiber/Sunday News Correspondent file photo)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump approved the second disaster declaration for the state of New Hampshire in two weeks, the latest one is for a March 2-8 storm that caused flooding in the Seacoast and other towns in Rockingham County.

Federal grants are available to the state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storm and flooding.

The federal government also will reimburse for statewide hazard fighting efforts connected to this storm.

Last week, Trump gave FEMA approval to cover nearly all the costs for an even more severe snowstorm that hit three eastern counties on March 13-14.

Gov. Chris Sununu estimated there were nearly $2 million in damages for governments in Carroll, Strafford and Rockingham counties from that later storm that dumped record amounts of snow in some communities.

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