Feb 26, 2015 6:08 PM
FEMA reimbursements could be delayed if DHS shuts down
CONCORD- The state is working to meet the deadline for FEMA applications for emergency reimbursement from the blizzard and other large snow events this year. A potential partial government shutdown could put it on hold.
The areas where communities can seek federal funds include: equipment, additional manpower, snow removal, and items like salt and sand. Plenty of New Hampshire cities and towns could be eligible for some reimbursement but the money is tight.
There's a possibility funding for Homeland Security could be shut down if the House and Senate can't agree on a bill by Friday.
Michael Todd, public information officer for the New Hampshire Department of Safety said the whole process could be delayed if there's a partial shut-down.
"So we are working right now on the preliminary damage assessments, and when those get turned in tomorrow, if they shut down there won't be anyone to process those and take them to the president for approval," Todd said.
It all comes down to a stalemate in the Senate over immigration amendments. If the Senate and House can't agree on a bill, funding for the Department of Homeland Security runs out by Friday.