Massachusetts Congressmen Request Disaster Help After Floods

March 22, 2010

The Massachusetts Congressional delegation has asked President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration after last week’s flooding.

Ten inches of rain fell in Massachusetts over three days, causing floods that damaged homes and businesses around the state.

Sen. John Kerry said the floods “punched Massachusetts right in the gut,” and urged quick action by the president.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has already traveled to Massachusetts for an assessment that’s part of a potential disaster declaration.

The declaration would make residents and business owners eligible for a variety of programs, including funding for temporary housing assistance and low interest loans to repair damaged property.

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