Lynch Seeks Major Disaster Declaration

Nov 15, 2012

Gov. John Lynch is asking President Barack Obama to declare a major disaster status for the state of New Hampshire as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

In a letter Thursday, Lynch says that so far, the total county and state damages due to last month's storm exceed $3.6 million. He's asking for federal funding in a variety of categories for the five hardest hit counties — Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Sullivan — and lesser funding for the additional five counties.

Though New Hampshire was spared the devastation seen in other states, the storm resulted in the fourth largest power outage in state history and the closing of numerous roads due to flooding, debris and downed power lines and poles.