Texas Delegation Sends Reassessment Letter To FEMA on Denial of Funds

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Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz recently joined Congressmen Vicente Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar, and Filemon Vela in a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William ‘Brock’ Long requesting that FEMA reconsider their denial of damages reported by Cameron and Hidalgo Counties in their applications for Public Assistance (PA) resulting from this summer’s recent severe storms and flooding.

In June 2018, rainfall was measured at 15-17 inches of rain throughout Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend. On Friday, July 6, 2018, President Donald J. Trump announced a Federal Disaster Declaration, DR-4377-FEMA, for Hidalgo and Cameron Counties after multiple requests from Congressmen Gonzalez, Vela, and Cuellar; Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz; and Governor Greg Abbott. Individual Assistance and Hazard Mitigation assistance eligibility were granted; however, Public Assistance (PA) was not.

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