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Governor Donald L. Carcieri today declared a state of emergency in Rhode Island to assist the state in pursuing the possibility of federal reimbursement of flood-related expenses. The declaration came as the state continued to assess the impact of the storm and related flooding on local communities.

“This weekend’s storm clearly had a very significant impact on communities, businesses and families throughout Rhode Island,” Governor Carcieri said. “From Central Falls to Cranston, from Burrillville to Providence, many people were flooded out of their homes, and many businesses are still trying to recover.”

“Over the past three days, I have worked with the Emergency Management Agency to coordinate Rhode Island’s response to the storm,” Carcieri continued. “Since Saturday, I have repeatedly toured affected areas, and talked to a number of people and businesses that were impacted by the flooding. Throughout the storm, the Emergency Management Agency worked hard to coordinate the state’s response to the flooding with Rhode Island’s cities and towns.”

“By officially declaring a state of emergency, we will formalize the state’s ongoing efforts to assist our local communities. This declaration will also help Rhode Island pursue the possibility of federal reimbursement for flood-related expenses,” Governor Carcieri concluded. “In the coming days and weeks, we will assess the full impact of the storm on Rhode Island, and tally the expenses paid by state and local governments to address the flooding.”

Although signed today, the executive order declaring the emergency covers emergency-related actions taken and expenses incurred since October 15th. Thus, all actions taken and expenses incurred over the weekend to combat the storm and the flooding are covered by the executive order.

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