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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."

    Other damages included:

  • University of New Hampshire -- Flooding of Thompson Hall Historic House
  • Rockingham County Complex -- Flooding of main jail building
  • Exeter and Freemont -- Campground and residential flooding
HUD Disaster Recovery Program grants are designed to supplement grants from FEMA and other agencies, providing resources for buyouts, relocation, long-term recovery, and mitigation in communities affected by the storms.

Program Provides Communities Flexible Funds for Long-Term

Recovery Efforts

  • Funds under the new HUD Disaster Recovery Program can be used for long-term recovery efforts, property buyouts, relocations and efforts to prevent future flood damage.

  • The program gives communities greater flexibility in meeting local needs quickly.

  • It allows communities to use disaster funds for new types of programs, such as building new replacement housing.

  • Communities can use funds for: rehabilitation of residential and commercial buildings; acquisition, construction or reconstruction of public facilities and improvements, including streets, neighborhood centers, and water and sewer facilities;

  • Also, homeownership assistance, including downpayment assistance and interest rate subsides; and code enforcement.

  • And to help keep local economies strong, assistance to businesses for carrying out economic development activities for job creation and retention.

For additional information, Contact Governor Shaheen (603) 271-2121

HUD Press Office Contact: Rekha Chalasani, 202.708.0685.

Content Archived: January 20, 2009

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