March 27, 2015

Mass. Congressional Delegation Urges President Obama to Approve the Commonwealth's Disaster Declaration Request

Text of the Delegation's Letter is Available Here

WASHINGTON, DC - The Massachusetts Congressional delegation today sent a letter urging President Barack Obama to approve Governor Charlie Baker's request for federal disaster assistance following the severe winter storms that have caused historic snowfall accumulations in the Commonwealth this winter. The letter highlights the unprecedented snowfall that impacted Massachusetts and the significant cost of state and local damages.

"Many communities throughout the Commonwealth incurred significant disaster response and recovery costs responding to the initial blizzard and subsequent record breaking snowfall," the delegation wrote in the letter. "Federal assistance is critically needed to help the Commonwealth repair public facilities and infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the storm, as well as to recoup the costs of snow removal and road treatment.  We respectfully urge your timely approval of this request and we thank you in advance for your prompt consideration."

A PDF copy of the delegation's letter is available here. The delegation previously asked FEMA to support to support the Commonwealth's disaster recovery efforts and to approve the Governor's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration.