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(Washington, D.C.) — U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) today applauded the decision by President Barack Obama to grant a major disaster declaration for the state of New Hampshire following damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. The disaster declaration will grant assistance to help communities in the five northern counties of New Hampshire recover from damage caused by flooding and extreme wind. All New Hampshire counties will be eligible for Hazard Mitigation funds, which will cover the costs to projects intended to reduce future disaster damage.

“Today’s announcement of a major disaster declaration is good news as our state continues to recover from this disaster,” the senators said in a joint statement. “With people in New Hampshire still rebuilding after the storm, the declaration is a step in the right direction to make sure those in the Granite State have the resources and assistance they need.”

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Shaheen and Ayotte were quick to call on President Obama to declare a disaster in the state. They sent a letter to the President the day the storm touched down in New Hampshire and again contacted the Obama administration this month to reiterate the need for relief.