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Irene: National Grid helps cover flood-aid gaps

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In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, National Grid was one of the first to provide businesses with recovery funds. Since then, it has continued helping local businesses, distributing roughly 50 grants averaging $25,000 from a $6 million Emergency Economic Development Fund. “We felt that ratepayers would benefit from this,” said Joe Russo, National Grid economic developer. “When these disasters happen, communities are vulnerable to out-migration. There’s a downward spiral.” National Grid targeted locals with ...

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