President Signs N.H. Request For Sandy Disaster Declaration

Nov 28, 2012

Hurricane Sandy
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President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster exists in New Hampshire following Superstorm Sandy.

On Wednesday, the president ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by the storm from October 26 to November 8. The declaration covers the counties of Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan.

Gov. John Lynch submitted the request for a disaster declaration on Nov. 15.

Local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in those counties will be eligible for funding to supplement costs for emergency work and repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the storm.

Funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

The storm resulted in the fourth-largest power outage in state history. At the height of the storm, there were 218,000 customers without power. The storm was blamed for one fatality, after a man was killed working on a construction site in Lincoln.