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Mass. Gets First $1M Of Federal Aid For Blizzard

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Massachusetts is getting the first $1 million in federal assistance to help cover the costs of a severe blizzard that struck the state in late January.

The major disaster declaration issued by the president for the three-day storm Jan. 26 through 28 provides federal funding for certain costs associated with emergency services provided during the storm and repairing damage to buildings and other public infrastructure. The disaster declaration covered most of eastern and central Massachusetts.

Additionally, federal disaster funds are being made available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible costs of plowing and clearing snow for a 48-hour period.

Projections indicate eligible costs may exceed $150 million, of which the Federal Emergency Management Agency will reimburse 75 percent of the approved cost.

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