Governor Applauds Senate's Passage of Legislation To Help Hardest-Hit Victims of October Floods

May 5, 2006

From The Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch today applauded the Senate for passing legislation last night to help the hardest-hit victims of the October floods.

The House has already approved the legislation, House Bill 1767, but must now agree to an amendment made in the Senate.

"This assistance is critical to helping some of our hardest-hit families recover from the devastation of the floods. These families saw their homes washed away; in some cases even the very land where their houses once stood is gone. They are paying mortgages on properties that no longer exist," Gov. Lynch said.

"The damage these families suffered is unprecedented in modern New Hampshire history. The exceptional nature of this disaster warrants this exceptional action by the state," Gov. Lynch said. "I thank the members of the House and Senate for working with me to pass this legislation and to make it possible to help these families to rebuild their lives."

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.