PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s four-member congressional delegation has asked President Barack Obama for federal storm assistance should the state request it in the wake of the winter storm.
The letter from U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Reps. Jim Langevin (LAN'-jih-vin) and David Cicilline (sihs-ihl-EE'-nee) says federal assistance may be needed if the state experiences significant damage or expenses related to the storm. The letter also notes that the state faces ‘‘significant fiscal constraints’’ and may need federal aid to cope with the blizzard.
Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) on Friday declared a state of emergency in Rhode Island, a step which makes the state eligible for federal aid should it be requested.
The winter storm was forecast to bring heavy wind gusts and as much as two feet or more of snow.