snowstorm

Allegra Boverman for NHPR

 

New Hampshire has received more than $1.3 million in federal aid to help offset the costs of coping with a severe snowstorm in January.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the state received the disaster relief funds in connection with the Jan. 26-28 storm that buried parts of the state under two-to-three feet of snow.

Gov. Maggie Hassan pegs costs of snow removal in the southern three counties of Strafford, Rockingham and Hillsborough at about $3.3 million during that storm alone.

NHPR / Michael Brindley

Governor Maggie Hassan met with crews from Hydro Quebec Monday morning to thank them for helping to restore power to thousands of Granite State residents over the weekend.

The roughly 120 Hydro Quebec workers gathered over eggs, bacon and coffee at Manchester Community College Monday morning before making the long trip home.

Governor Hassan went from table to table to say thanks, dusting off her French to show her appreciation.

“Merci beaucoup,” she said to workers. “Merci.”

The first major storm of the season and road crews have both been going all night.

“We’re in hour twenty-nine at this point of a very long storm and it is turning into a stamina test and our crews are pretty much having to deal with a lot of blowing snow across the roads, which requires repeated runs," said  highway department spokesman Bill Boynton.

He says speeds on the turnpike interstates have been lowered to 45 miles per hour.

“And we’re  hearing motorists are really having trouble keeping up those speeds," he said.