New Hampshire Governor: State likely passed threshold for federal disaster declaration

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New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu announced Friday that federal aid could result from damage by Sunday night’s wind storm.

The State Homeland Security and Management is continuing to assess damage, after hurricane-force winds, river flooding, road damage, and power outages for around 450,000 people.

Damage happened all over the state, the most severe in Belknap, Carroll, Coos and Grafton counties.

“Initial assessments indicate that New Hampshire has hit the necessary threshold to see a federal disaster declaration from the President,” Sununu said.

“I have requested assessment teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to work with HSEM, and state and local partners to verify damage assessments, and expect them to be in New Hampshire as early as next week,” Sununu continued.

If the request is granted, government organizations and certain private non-profits that provide a critical service may be eligible to apply for Public Assistance. Other entities are not eligible to apply, according to a release from the Governor’s Office.

“Although the entire state was impacted, the northern half of the state was hit particularly hard by this storm,” HSEM Director Perry Plummer said.

“We currently have in excess of $8 million in estimated damages and fully expect to meet the disaster thresholds necessary for the Governor to seek a federal disaster declaration,” Plummer continued.

Homeowners and local businesses should call 211 to report storm damage.

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