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Disaster declaration issued for Grafton County after July storm damage

August 09. 2017 8:53PM
The rain-swollen Pemigewasset River raced through Thornton on July 1, causing extensive damage on a stretch of Route 3. (John Koziol/Union Leader Correspondent)

CONCORD — President Trump has issued a major disaster declaration for Grafton County in response to the severe thunderstorms and flash flooding that occurred on July 1 and 2, Gov. Chris Sununu announced.

The heavy rain and damaging winds caused severe damage to hundreds of miles of local and state roads and dozens of bridges and culverts, Sununu’s office said. A preliminary damage assessment by the Federal Emergency Management Agency pegged response efforts at $6 million.

The declaration makes federal support available through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide. FEMA can fund up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of approved projects.

“Through this major disaster declaration, those most heavily impacted by the storm can have access to federal support for response efforts. I thank President Trump for his timely response to my request,” Sununu said in a statement.

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