Office of Congresswoman Shea-Porter - Shea-Porter Urges President to Provide Disaster Aid to Areas Affected by Recent Severe Weather

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter sent a letter to President Bush urging him to modify the FEMA Disaster Declaration for New Hampshire, which would ensure that all areas affected by the state’s recent severe weather received appropriate disaster aid. The full text of the letter is below.

President George W. Bush

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

        I am concerned that the August 11, 2008, FEMA Disaster Declaration for the State of New Hampshire, while appreciated, fails to adequately address the damage inflicted by the tornado and fails to fully cover those impacted by this disaster – which has only been worsened by subsequent rain and flooding.

As you know, the tornado, severe winds, and heavy rains which hit New Hampshire on July 24, 2008, caused extensive damage to five counties in the state and hundreds of homeowners.  The damage from the July 24 storm has been exacerbated by two weeks of heavy rains that have resulted in numerous flash floods across New Hampshire – bringing more tragedy and devastation.  The severity and breadth of the disaster led Governor Lynch to request that all five impacted counties be declared disaster areas and that FEMA provide both public and individual assistance.  The FEMA Disaster Declaration, however, only provides public assistance for three counties. 

        As stated above, I am concerned that this declaration fails to adequately provide relief for those impacted by the New Hampshire disasters.  Accordingly, I respectfully request that FEMA reevaluate and modify the disaster declaration to include all of the counties included in Governor Lynch’s request as well as individual assistance. 

        I appreciate your consideration of this request and look forward to working with you to provide any available Federal assistance to the people of New Hampshire.


Carol Shea-Porter

Member of Congress