Governor Applauds Senate for Passing Legislation To Help Communities Pay for Flood Damage

From the Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch today applauded the state Senate for passing legislation to help communities rebuild from damage suffered in the October floods.

Normally, the federal government pays 75 percent of disaster costs, and the state and local communities split the remainder equally. Gov. Lynch had asked the legislature to pass a bill covering all but $5,000 of the match for each community.

" Given the scope of the damage in the floods, the normal disaster match was much more than some of our communities could afford, " Gov. Lynch said. " This legislation will make it financially possible for our communities to continue their rebuilding efforts. "

The legislation, HB 1765, passed the House in February.

" By working together, we were able to deliver on our promise to provide assistance to these communities. I thank members of both the House and Senate for their support and work, " Gov. Lynch said.

The bill was sponsored by Representatives John Gibson, Henry Parkhurst, Jay Phinizy, David Essex, and Dan Eaton, and Senators Tom Eaton and Peter Burling.

In addition to the assistance for the communities, the Senate will consider legislation next week - also supported by Gov. Lynch - that would provide assistance to the families hardest hit by the floods.