BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a major disaster declaration to help recovery from the late October snowstorm that affected central and western parts of Massachusetts.
State and local governments and some private nonprofits will get help covering the costs of emergency response and repair or replacement of damaged facilities. Counties covered are Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, and Worcester.
The western Massachusetts counties that saw up to 2 feet of show will also get help for snow removal costs.
All counties in the state can get help with hazard mitigation under the declaration.
The Oct. 29-30 storm brought high winds and wet, heavy snow that downed trees and power lines and caused hundreds of thousands of power outages. At least five deaths were blamed on the storm.
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