For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Contact: Lindsay Jackson (BASS)

Stephanie DuBois (BRADLEY)

Erin Rath (GREGG)

Barbara Riley (SUNUNU)

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senators Judd Gregg and John Sununu (R-NH) and Representatives Charles Bass and Jeb Bradley (R-NH) today announced that the President and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved their request to extend the Public Assistance Program to include Grafton Country as a result of massive flooding this past May.

"The severe flooding experienced throughout communities in Grafton County placed a significant financial burden on its citizens. Given the damage experienced in Grafton as well as the conditions across the state, we applaud the swift approval of this request. In addition to the funding already designated for six other counties, this further support will aid the communities in vital rebuilding," said Gregg, Sununu, Bass, and Bradley(R-NH).

This designation will provide assistance to the state and local governments for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities throughout the county. The Congressional delegation sent a letter to President Bush on June 19 requesting approval of this extension. Previously, public assistance funding was approved for Belknap, Carroll, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Rockingham and Strafford counties.

To date $3.5 million in state and federal disaster aid has been approved to help residents and businesses recover from flood-related losses resulting from the severe storms and floods that wreaked havoc on New Hampshire.