CENTRAL TEXAS -- In a letter to President Obama Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry appealed federal denial of individual assistance to Central Texas counties impacted by severe storms and flooding between October 30 and Nov. 1, 2013.
In December 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) sent a notification saying it would not reimburse residents whose homes were damaged.
FEMA typically gives individual assistance in disasters with more than 850 damaged or destroyed homes. The Halloween floods hit close to 700 homes.
In Saturday's letter, Perry wrote:
"The communities affected by the Halloween floods have been left with devastating financial burdens. Texas is utilizing all available resources to meet the needs of these families and businesses in Central Texas, but the damage is of such magnitude that federal individual assistance is necessary. I urge President Barack Obama to immediately grant the assistance that these Texans need to recover and rebuild their lives.”
Perry requested that FEMA grant all eligible Individual and Household Programs, including:
- Transitional Sheltering Assistance
- Other Needs Assistance
- Disaster Legal Services
- Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Disaster Unemployment Assistance
- Crisis Counseling
A link to the full letter can be found here.