Pres. Trump grants disaster declaration for Grafton County

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New Hampshire communities hit by severe storms and flooding this summer will get federal help.

Gov. Chris Sununu announced President Trump declared Grafton County a major disaster area due to severe flooding July 11-12.

“At the peak of the incident, rapid flash flooding occurred with little warning that prompted a significant swift water rescue effort, washed out road infrastructure in ten communities, and significantly strained State and local resources,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “I thank President Trump for his timely response to my request. Through this major disaster declaration, those most heavily impacted by the storm can have access to federal support for response efforts.”

In his letter seeking the declaration, Sununu emphasized many of the communities affected are small towns, such as Orange and Groton, which will have to cut back on repairs, delay scheduled road work, increase taxes and take out loans in an attempt to recover.

FEMA’s initial assessment found the statewide costs were nearly $2.9 million.

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