Gov. Rick Perry today appealed President Barack Obama's denial of a major disaster declaration for 15 Texas counties following severe winter storms December 5-9, 2013. The declaration would have provided federal public assistance for recovery efforts.
"Severe winter weather of this scale and duration is highly unusual in Texas, and has created a strain on both finances and resources for Texas communities," Gov. Perry said. "Families and businesses affected by the storms are in need of significant additional resources beyond local and state capabilities. I urge President Obama to reconsider his denial of assistance to these communities."
On December 5, a destructive ice storm and severe cold front moved into Texas, bringing snow, freezing rain and ice to more than half of the state. In response, the governor issued a state emergency proclamation, which directed additional state resources to prepare for the storm. Continued freezing temperatures led to snow and ice buildup through December 9.