Obama orders federal aid to RI for winter storm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — President Obama declared a major disaster for the State of Rhode Island on Friday, the White House has confirmed.

The President signed a disaster declaration on Friday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts affected by severe winter weather during the period of January 26 through January 28 of this year.

According to a release by the White House, federal funding is also available to state, tribal, and eligible governments and certain nonprofit organizations for work and repairs during the sever winter storm.

Funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation and snow assistance for a 48-hour period during the January blizzard.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said additional funds could be given at a later date if requested by the state.

“The state’s Emergency Management Agency and local leaders worked hard to complete their storm assessments and quickly submit our request for federal assistance to FEMA,” said Governor Gina Raimondo. “I am thankful to the White House for processing our request, and I am incredibly grateful for the hard work and the leadership of the Congressional Delegation to make this critical support possible. I again want to thank all of the dedicated public safety officials and employees who helped keep our state safe during this challenging winter.”

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