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Hassan asks Obama to provide aid for flood, rain

Gov. Maggie Hassan has asked President Obama to issue a major disaster declaration and provide emergency assistance for repairing rain and flood damage to the state that occurred from June 26 to July 3.

Preliminary damage assessment conducted by the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency has indicated total damage exceeds $6.2 million. Excessive heavy rain caused flash flooding, washed out roads and evacuated homes throughout the western part of the state and severely impacted many communities in Cheshire, Grafton and Sullivan counties.

“I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and affected local governments,” Hassan said yesterday. “Federal assistance is necessary to supplement the efforts and available resources of the state, local governments, disaster relief organizations and compensation by insurance for disaster-related losses.”

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen sent a letter to Obama in support of Hassan’s request. She said the assistance needs to get to the affected communities without delay.

A couple interesting facts about FEMA – The current per capita indicator is set at $1, this is the formula they use to decide the ability of a city or state to pay for a “disaster”. It was set in 1986 and has not been adjusted one time for inflation since then. The 2011 figure should be $3.57. This allows smaller and smaller storms to be declared a “disaster”.…… Between 1989 and 2011 the average administrative cost for FEMA response doubled from 9% to 18% but the agency does not plan to set goals or even track performance for administrative cost evaluations…… In 2011 there were a record number of 98 disaster declarations, considering this agency does not adjust its evaluation figures nor does it worry about how efficient the agency runs we can all expect to pay more in taxes through waste...... Now we have Hassan asking for a few washed out sections of road be called a "disaster", shall we call this the Joppa or Katrina of NH. Stop the waste and there would be plenty of money in the system now.

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