Sununu asks for disaster declaration following July flooding

Published: Aug. 8, 2019 at 3:51 PM EDT
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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has requested a major disaster declaration for Grafton County and other areas hit by severe rain and flash flooding in July.

Sununu wrote to President Donald Trump on Thursday, saying the July 11-12 flooding washed out roads and left debris that restricted travel and emergency operations. He said the majority of the rain fell in less than six hours, with rates as high as 4.75 inches per hour reported. Rescuers helped some people evacuate their homes and from a campground.

He emphasized how many of the communities affected are small towns, like Orange and Groton, which will have to cut back on repairs, delay scheduled road work, increase taxes and take out loans in an attempt to recover.

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