Acting Gov. Kim Guadagno Wednesday sought a federal disaster declaration for Atlantic, Cumberland and Salem counties in the wake of fast-moving, powerful storms that devastated the southern portion of the state.
In a letter to President Obama, Guadagno asked for $4.3 million to help pay for relief in the counties that suffered significant damage to homes, buildings and infrastructure. According to Guadagno, the state’s response included shelters, generators, water, state trooper details, debris removal and cooling centers.
“I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that an effective response is beyond the capabilities of the state and the affected local governments, and that supplementary federal assistance is necessary,” Guadagno said in the letter.
According to the letter, the storm resulted in straight-line winds that felled trees, causing power outages, road closures and fires. More than 192,000 customers in five counties were without power, some for longer than a week.
A damage assessment conducted by the state put the damages in the three counties at more than $17.2 million.