Perry appeals Hermine disaster aid denial
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry has written President Barack Obama appealing a decision not to grant Texas a presidential disaster declaration for 13 counties after Tropical Storm Hermine.
Perry wrote in his appeal letter Tuesday that numerous families and communities continue to face costly damages from the storm.
The disaster declaration, which Perry requested Sept. 20, would provide federal aid for storm recovery efforts. Obama's administration rejected the disaster declaration request and about $6.8 million in federal aid.
Eight people died in last month's storm, including seven in Texas. Perry's office says nearly 200 homes in Texas were destroyed.
The 13 counties are Bell, Blanco, Cameron, Coryell, Denton, Hill, Jim Wells, Johnson, Medina, Tarrant, Travis, Willacy and Williamson.