Sununu requests major disaster declaration following October storm

  • A cut up tree leans against power and telephone lines on Route 3A near the I-93 northbound rest area in Hooksett Monday morning, October 30, 2017. Traffic was closed on both sides of the road. GEOFF FORESTER

By Associated Press
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Gov. Chris Sununu has requested a major disaster declaration and federal emergency assistance for five counties following an October storm that caused widespread damage and power outages.

The combination of heavy rainfall and damaging winds caused severe damages to hundreds of miles of local and state roadways and dozens of bridges and culverts in New Hampshire Oct. 29-Oct. 30. The high winds damaged many trees and power lines, disrupting electricity to approximately 270,000 customers.

Sununu, a Republican, on Tuesday requested assistance for Belknap, Carroll, Coos, Grafton, and Sullivan counties.

This would be the third federally declared disaster the state has experienced in the last seven months.