Shea-Porter, Hodes: Request for a Major Disaster Declaration Urgent

WASHINGTON, DC  Today, Representatives Carol Shea-Porter and Paul Hodes urged President Obama to accept New Hampshires request for a major disaster declaration.  In both March and April there were several storms in New Hampshire that caused significant damage.  


“Thousands of New Hampshire workers and families were affected by these storms,” said Shea-Porter. “I urge President Obama to accept this disaster declaration so we can start rebuilding the businesses and homes that were damaged.”


“These storms were devastating to life and business throughout New Hampshire,” said Hodes.  “I strongly urge the President to do everything in his power to provide needed assistance to Granite Staters in need.”


A full copy of the letter is below.


April 27, 2010

President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write in strong support of the State of New Hampshires request for a major disaster declaration.

Between March 14, 2010 and April 2, 2010, the State of New Hampshire was battered by severe weather that caused extensive damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.  Widespread flooding closed over 40 state roads and 125 local roads.  The flooding also caused damage to over 900 homes and economic loss to over 200 businesses that had to close.  The damage is extensive, and, in many cases, heartbreaking.  These storms came amidst a major disaster declaration already in place due to storms that hit New Hampshire in February and early March. 

A major disaster declaration would allow the State of New Hampshire and our local communities access to the resources they need to recover.

Thank you for your attention to, and careful consideration of, this request.



Carol Shea-Porter                                  

Member of Congress     

Paul Hodes     

Member of Congress