Gov. Abbott requests a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 3 Texas counties

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Jan 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 18:29:37-05

Governor Greg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for three Texas counties that sustained widespread damage due to severe thunderstorms, straight line winds, hail, and tornadoes from October 20 through October 21, 2019.

The request includes Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation for those impacted by this weather.

The three counties included in the request are Cameron, Dallas, and Erath.

"The State of Texas is committed to ensuring the people of Cameron, Dallas, and Erath counties have the resources they need to continue rebuilding the public infrastructure," said Governor Abbott. "With the help of our federal partners, these communities can rebuild quickly and gain access to important recovery resources. I ask that the President swiftly grant this request in order to expedite valuable support to these counties."

If granted, local jurisdictions will be eligible for federal reimbursement for the cost of disaster-related debris removal, emergency protective measures to protect life and property, and permanent repair work to damaged or destroyed infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water treatment facilities, parks and publicly-owned property.