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NH Delegation Announces $5.8M to Respond to Severe Weather Events in NH

(Washington, DC) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Congresswomen Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) and Annie Kuster (NH-02) announced $5,786,070 in federal Public Assistance grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These grants include $1,687,439 to Belknap and Carroll counties, $1,417,542 to Coos and Grafton counties, $1,942,460 to Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, Merrimack, and Sullivan counties, and $738,628 to Carroll, Rockingham, and Strafford counties to assist response efforts after severe flooding and winter storms last year.

“With harsh winters and major storms, New Hampshire faces extreme weather throughout the year that can harm our communities and infrastructure,” said Shaheen. “I am very pleased to see the federal funding responding to last year’s storms matches their scale and severity, allowing us to repair communities and buildings throughout New Hampshire. Granite Staters deserve relief after facing such devastating weather events, and I will work to ensure that this substantial federal funding is appropriately and efficiently implemented in our communities.”

“New Hampshire has seen its fair share of extreme weather events over the last two years, including severe flooding and winter storms,” said Hassan. “We must ensure that the areas hardest hit by these storms have the resources they need to fully recover. I am pleased to announce these critical grants from FEMA, totaling nearly $5.8 million, which will help eight counties in our state receive the necessary federal assistance to support recovery efforts.”

“I am pleased to announce that FEMA will be providing nearly $5.8 million in disaster assistance funding to New Hampshire to help our communities recover from the devastating storms that impacted our state earlier this year and throughout 2017,” said Shea-Porter. “Helping communities rebuild after disasters is one of the fundamental responsibilities of the federal government, and FEMA must keep working to ensure that all our communities receive the funding they need to recover.”  

“When a severe weather event inflicts substantial damage onto a community, the people in that community shouldn’t be left to fend for themselves,” said Kuster. “These grants provide the support and funding Granite Staters need to repair, rebuild and move forward with their lives after storms and flooding. I want to thank FEMA for assisting New Hampshire communities, and I remain committed to fighting for important federal resources to help Granite Staters recover from disasters.”