Last weekend’s rainstorm did more damage than officials initially assessed. On Thursday evening, twenty local roads remained closed.
By Wednesday, cities and towns in Grafton County had upped their flood damage tally from $4 million to nearly $12 million. Two state roads, 116 South in Easton and 25A in Orford, will likely remain closed through the coming weekend, although local traffic can access residences in the interim.
On Thursday, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials began a tour of storm damage in the state.
FEMA’s damage assessment won’t be complete for another week. Then, Department of Safety Michael Todd says "it’s incredibly likely at this time based upon initial damage assessments that we will meet the threshold required to ask the Governor to make a request for a presidential disaster declaration."
Once Governor Sununu requests the disaster declaration, it will be up to the President to release funds.
The New Hampshire Department of Safety also has a message for homeowners and business owners suffering from storm damage. They say: call Granite United Way’s phone line to learn about volunteer and other available assistance. Residents can dial (866) 444-4211.