CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch says President Barack Obama has granted his request for a major disaster declaration for the damage and costs incurred by the state and communities as a result of Tropical Storm Irene.

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The declaration Saturday will make federal aid available to help repair roads and bridges in Coos, Carroll, Grafton and Merrimack counties. Lynch asked that additional counties be considered for such assistance.

Local communities and the state estimate damage to public property to be more than $25 million.

Lynch has also requested assistance for individuals whose homes and property suffered damage. Federal Emergency Management Agency teams are continuing to assess that damage.


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