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New Hampshire Disaster Recovery Program Fact Sheet
The State of New Hampshire has received $557,750 in special HUD Disaster Recovery Program grants to help rebuild from devastation caused by the Fall Nor'easter Rainstorm that hit the state on October 20-26, 1996. President Clinton designated 6 New Hampshire counties eligible for federal aid on October 29: Hillsborough, Grafton, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford and Sullivan.
The severe storm and flooding that swept through the northwest caused significant damage to homes, roads, businesses, and public facilities. Precipitation fell at the rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour in portions of Southeast New Hampshire through the night of October 20th and the early morning hours of October 21st. In excess of one foot of rain fell in portions of Rockingham County. A total of two dams failed, one experienced partial failure, and four experienced extensive damage. The storm flooding along the Exeter River caused extensive damage to the Exeter Water Treatment Plant and cut the supply of drinking water to residents in Exeter. In addition sewage treatment plants along the Pemigewasett River at Lincoln and Woodstock were damaged. One New Hampshire state official said, "But we can reduce future damage and loss. We want to help people living in coastal or flood plain areas make sure their properties are better prepared to withstand the ravages of another disaster."
Program Provides Communities Flexible Funds for Long-Term
For additional information, Contact Governor Shaheen (603) 271-2121
HUD Press Office Contact: Rekha Chalasani, 202.708.0685.
Content Archived: January 20, 2009