Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for 13 Texas Counties

Renews state disaster declaration in aftermath of Tropical Storm Hermine
Monday, September 20, 2010  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry has sent a letter to President Barack Obama requesting a presidential disaster declaration for 13 Texas counties due to extensive flood damage as a result of Tropical Storm Hermine. This Presidential Disaster Declaration would provide federal assistance to support recovery efforts.

"In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Hermine, families and communities were left to face costly damages to their homes, businesses and properties," Gov. Perry said. "I urge President Obama to grant the assistance I have requested so Texans can begin to recover and rebuild from the effects of this tropical storm."

The governor has requested assistance for Bell, Blanco, Cameron, Coryell, Denton, Hill, Jim Wells, Johnson, Medina, Tarrant, Travis, Willacy and Williamson counties. Gov. Perry also renewed his Sept. 9, 2010, state disaster proclamation for these 13 counties.

Specific requests 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.

Earlier this month, 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.

Attached File: Gov. Perry's Letter to President Obama and the governor's renewed proclamation

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