President Barack Obama has granted Governor John Lynch's request for a presidential declaration that now makes New Hampshire eligible for federal disaster aid to help cover costs resulting from the October snow storm.
The declaration will provide aid to help cover the cost of damage to public infrastructure in Hillsborough and Rockingham counties. Local communities, the State and FEMA assessment teams estimated damage to public infrastructure in those two counties to be nearly $3 million.
"This storm produced record snowfall amounts in October, when most trees were still covered in leaves. This caused very significant tree damage and produced the second-largest number of utility customer power outages in New Hampshire history. This federal aid will help local communities with the cost of responding to and recovering from this historic storm," Governor Lynch said.
At the height of the storm, more than 40 state roads and over 250 local roads were closed or severely restricted due to downed power lines and debris. Some 122 elementary and secondary schools were closed statewide, many for several days.
A total of twelve shelters and six warming stations were opened during the storm. The storm also knocked out power to approximately 300,000 utility customers, leaving many without power for up to a week. The storm's damage was compounded by the fact it occurred less than 60 days after Tropical Storm Irene caused significant damage across New Hampshire.