Governor Applauds House for Support of Legislation To Help Hardest-Hit Victims of October Floods

From the Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch today applauded the House of Representatives for supporting legislation to help the hardest-hit victims of the October floods.

" This assistance is critical to helping some of our families rebuild their lives from after the devastation of the October floods, and I thank the members of the House for their strong support of their fellow citizens, " Gov. Lynch said. " The damage from the October floods was unprecedented in modern New Hampshire history. The exceptional nature of this disaster calls for the exceptional action by the state that the House supported today.

The legislation, House Bill 1767, would allow the state to purchase property located in Alstead, Acworth, Langdon and Walpole that was severely damaged or destroyed by the floods. The property would be purchased at pre-flood assessed value minus the total amount of financial aid the property owner received from any other such as federal disaster aid or insurance payments. No property owner would be required to sell.

The legislation is sponsored by Representatives Dan Eaton, Jay Phinizy, Jack Pratt, Liz Hager, Deborah Hogancamp, and Sen. Bob Odell.