Governor, Senators ask Obama for flood assistance
Gov. Greg Abbott today requested Individual and Public Assistance for 12 Texas counties, including: Austin, Brazoria, Brazos, Fort Bend, Grimes, Hidalgo, Hood, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Travis, Waller, and Washington.
If the request is granted by the President, affected citizens in these counties may be eligible for Individual Assistance grants of up to $33,000 from the federal government, and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“This month’s severe weather and flooding devastated the properties and lives of thousands of Texans across the state,” Abbott said. “Today’s disaster declaration is the first step in helping these Texans rebuild their lives. Texans are resilient by nature, and with the proper resources, we will together overcome the challenges we face.”
U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) also sent a letter to President Obama urging him to grant Abbott’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for the recent severe weather and flooding that has affected Texas.
“As you know, Texas has now experienced more major disasters over a one-year period than at any other point in nearly two decades. We ask that you expedite the processing and approval of Governor Abbott’s request to support our states’ resilient and determined resolve to rebuild and recover following yet another devastating weather event,” the Senators wrote.
State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst commended the governor and senators for their efforts.
“I want to thank Governor Abbott for requesting a Presidential Disaster Declaration to provide individual and public assistance for Austin, Fort Bend, Waller, and Washington Counties in Senate District 18,” said Kolkhorst.”Special thanks go to the state and local first-responders and volunteers who have been tirelessly providing shelter, care, and resources to those affected by the floods. We have proven again what it means to be Texas tough.