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News Release

For Immediate Release
November 3, 2017

Governor Sununu Press Office
(603) 271-2121

Storm Damage Estimates Exceed Threshold for Federal Assistance

Belknap, Carroll, Coos and Grafton counties sustained the greatest storm damage

Concord, NH – State Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) continues to assist state and local partners as they assess damage caused by Monday's severe storm that produced hurricane force winds, flooding along rivers, significant damage to roads and bridges, and left approximately 450,000 people without power.

"Initial assessments indicate that New Hampshire has hit the necessary threshold to seek a federal disaster declaration from The President," said Governor Chris Sununu. "I have requested assessment teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to work with HSEM, and state and local partners to verify damage assessments, and expect them to be in New Hampshire as early as next week."

"Although the entire state was impacted, the northern half of the state was hit particularly hard by this storm," HSEM Director Perry Plummer said. "We currently have in excess of $8 million in estimated damages and fully expect to meet the disaster thresholds necessary for the Governor to seek a federal disaster declaration."

If the request is granted, government organizations and certain private nonprofits that provide a critical service may be eligible to apply for Public Assistance. Other entities are not eligible to apply.

Emergency Management Officials have said travelers should heed all road signs and not drive on damaged or closed roads, and provided additional details:

  • No significant injuries or deaths have been reported.
  • Damage occurred across the state with the most severe damage occurring in Belknap, Carroll, Coos, and Grafton counties.
  • Homeowners and local businesses should call 2-1-1 to report storm damage as the State assesses what volunteer services are available to assist with clean up and recovery.
  • For the latest official statistics and storm information follow NH HSEM on Twitter at and Facebook at
  • Download NH Alerts on your smartphone to stay informed of emergencies in your area. You can also sign up for NH Alerts at to have emergency information for your area delivered via landline, text and email.

Office of Governor Christopher Sununu
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