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Gov. Perry Appeals Denial of Presidential Disaster Declaration for 13 Texas Counties

Press Release

Location: Austin, TX

Gov. Rick Perry today sent a letter to President Barack Obama appealing his administration's decision not to grant Texas a presidential disaster declaration for 13 counties due to extensive flood damage as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine. This Presidential Disaster Declaration would provide federal assistance to support ongoing recovery efforts.

"Although the storm has passed and the water has receded, numerous Texas families and communities have been left with costly damages," Gov. Perry said. "The state is committed to doing everything we can to pursue the assistance these Texans need and deserve as they continue to rebuild their lives."

The governor requested federal assistance on September 20 for Bell, Blanco, Cameron, Coryell, Denton, Hill, Jim Wells, Johnson, Medina, Tarrant, Travis, Willacy and Williamson counties.

Specific requests in the appeal letter include:

* Individual assistance, including the Individuals and Households Program (IHP), disaster unemployment assistance, crisis counseling and Small Business Administration disaster loans;
* Public assistance (all categories); and
* Hazard Mitigation statewide.

In September, Tropical Storm Hermine made landfall over the Mexican Gulf Coast and moved slowly northward through Texas, dumping up to 12 inches of rain in parts of the Rio Grande Valley, Central and North Texas. High winds and heavy rain associated with this storm, as well as tornados and flash flooding, caused extensive damage across the state.

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