- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for the state of New Hampshire, ordering federal aid to help state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a three-day snowstorm Jan. 26 to 28.

The declaration says federal funding also is available to state and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and repair in Hillsborough, Rockingham, and Strafford counties, which got up to 32 inches of snow.

“The storm-related activities from this severe storm and blizzard required unusually high amounts of materials and labor for snow removal throughout southeastern New Hampshire, and with this major disaster declaration, the state and these communities will now be able to access critical federal dollars to aid in our response efforts,” Governor Hassan said.

“I thank President Obama for his quick response to my request for assistance, as well as Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte, Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster and Congressman Frank Guinta for their support of this action to provide needed relief to our local communities,” Hassan said.

Communities in Hillsborough, Rockingham and Strafford counties are now eligible to receive resources through the federal Public Assistance Program, which provides assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

The declaration also makes all New Hampshire communities eligible for resources through the federal Hazard Mitigation program, which provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard prevention measures

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

The state says costs associated with the storm exceeded $3.29 million.


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