Federal aid to Rhode Island for January blizzard tops $1M

By The Associated Press 

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Officials say federal aid to Rhode Island to help cover costs of a January blizzard that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in parts of the state has topped more than $1 million.
        
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, says Rhode Island has received $1,097,967 in aid thus far to pay for emergency measures during and after the Jan. 26 blizzard and for snow removal.
        
The blizzard caused an estimated $4.7 million in damage.
        
Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency Director Pete Gaynor says the funds are replenishing city budgets in time for what could be another record-breaking winter.
        
Gov. Gina Raimondo requested preliminary damage assessments in five Rhode Island counties immediately after the blizzard and requested a federal disaster declaration.
        
President Barack Obama approved the request in early April.

(c) The Associated Press / WLNE-TV 2015