Partial storm disaster declaration granted; state to appeal

October 4, 2021 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — President Joe Biden partially granted a request for a major disaster declaration in response to storms that severely damaged much of Cheshire and Sullivan counties, Gov. Chris Sununu said Monday.

The request was granted for the storms on July 29 and 30, but did not include storms from Aug. 1 and 2. Sununu said New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management plans to appeal that decision.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, working with state and local emergency management officials, recently completed a preliminary damage assessment, finding that the statewide cost for response efforts related to this event totaled more than $3.2 million.

The president’s declaration also makes support available through grant programs to assist with disaster recovery.

Last week, Biden approved New Hampshire’s request to declare a major disaster after a mid-July storm that caused severe flooding in Cheshire County.