- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 10, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts officials are planning to ask the federal government for disaster assistance for the blizzard that hit the state on Jan. 26 - the first of three powerful snow storms to batter the region.

Officials said that they’ve asked communities from Worcester east to give them information about the effect of the storm - a process that’s been hampered by subsequent storms.

Officials say they’re planning to tour effected communities with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency beginning next Tuesday.

They say that process could take about a week. After that Gov. Charlie Baker is expected to make a formal disaster aid request to the federal government.

Officials say they’re confident that the state will ultimately receive disaster aid to help ease the cost of recovering from the blizzard.

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