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Press Release

Department of Safety
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
For Immediate Release: March 23, 2010
Contact: Jim Van Dongen, 603-223-3641

Emergency Management Seeks Flood Damage Information

Concord, NH – The NH Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is seeking the public's help in identifying uninsured damage to private property caused by the recent flooding in the March 14 rain storm. That includes property that was destroyed or suffered major damage.

The information will be used to support the state's application for federal disaster aid.

Property owners should report damage to the state by calling 211, New Hampshire's information and referral hotline, 24 hours a day. The information should be reported no later than Friday, March 26.

"The state needs to put together the strongest case it can for a federal disaster declaration," said Christopher M. Pope, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "We intend to seek a disaster declaration for damage to both public infrastructure and private property and we need as much information about storm damage as we can get."

Pope stressed that the information-gathering process does not guarantee that the state will receive federal disaster assistance.

Rainfalls of up to eight inches caused flood damage in Belknap, Carroll, Hillsborough, Grafton, Merrimack, Rockingham, Strafford and Sullivan counties March 14-17.
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