Congresswoman Shea-Porter - USDOT Awards $1.98 million for Emergency Relief Fund for Hurricane Irene Damage in NH

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announced yesterday the approval of $1.98 million in emergency relief funds for New Hampshire.  These monies are intended to assist the state in covering some of the costs for damage caused by Hurricane Irene in the summer of 2011.

“I am pleased the US Department of Transportation has approved these funds for New Hampshire,” stated Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.  “This grant will help repay some of the costs of repairs made to federal highways and federal lands by the devastating hurricane, Irene.”

Hurricane Irene, which struck the continental United States on August 27, 2011, left 56 people dead and damage estimated in excess of $15 billion.  At the height of the storm, close to 250 roads in New Hampshire were closed due to flooding or damage.

Emergency Relief grants may be made to a State after either the President of the US or the Governor of the state issues a formal emergency declaration.  Former Governor Lynch issued the emergency declaration on August 26, 2011 as the storm bore down on the state.