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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Requests President Trump and FEMA Administrator Long Include Duval County in Federal Disaster Declaration

August 2, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William B. Long, requesting that Duval County be added to DR-4377-FEMA, a Federal Disaster Declaration put in place after recent severe storms and flooding in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend.

“I would like to thank the President Trump and FEMA Administrator Long for continuing to assess regions of South Texas left inundated by recent severe weather and flooding,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “I now call on both entities to recognize the damage in Duval County and help provide these residents with the necessary tools to rebuild their communities through inclusion in the Federal Disaster Declaration.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has extended the State Disaster Declaration to include ten South Texas counties, including Brooks and Duval counties. It is the hope of Congressman Gonzalez that President Trump and FEMA Administrator Long will follow suit. 

Read the full letters below:

 

August 1, 2018

 

President Donald J. Trump

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW

Washington, D.C. 20500

 

Dear President Trump,

First and foremost, I would like to offer you my sincerest gratitude on behalf of the residents of Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. The recovery process will, without a doubt, be challenging, but your approval of federal assistance has provided countless families and businesses with the resources they need to rebuild. Many of our communities suffered from the severe weather and flooding event that began on June 19, 2018. Three Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in Hidalgo County and thousands of people have already sought help.

Though we are thankful for your assistance thus far, I must ask that you direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to exercise all the authority vested in it through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207 (the Stafford Act) §401, to expedite a disaster declaration for Duval County as soon as possible. The flooding that devastated our communities was not limited to Cameron and Hidalgo Counties. Thus, assistance is required beyond those two counties.

As stated in my previous letters, the severe weather and flooding that occurred in South Texas spanned several Congressional Districts. Moreover, many homes, businesses, and public structures were left in need dire of repair. This devasting loss of property warrants a declaration of disaster for all affected communities, including Duval County.

Once the disaster declaration is made through FEMA, I ask that you make resources, including federal funds, available to Duval County.

Should you have any questions, or need more information about this tragic occurrence, please contact me at (202) 225-2531.

 

Most respectfully,

 

Vicente Gonzalez

Member of Congress

 

 

August 1, 2018

 

William B. "Brock" Long

Administrator

Federal Emergency Management Agency

500 C Street SW

Washington, D.C. 20024

 

Dear Administrator Long,

First and foremost, I would like to offer you my sincerest gratitude on behalf of the residents of Hidalgo and Cameron Counties. The recovery process will, without a doubt, be challenging, but your approval of federal assistance has provided countless families and businesses with the resources they need to rebuild. Many of our communities suffered from the severe weather and flooding event that began on June 19, 2018. Three Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Recovery Centers are operating in Hidalgo County and thousands of people have already sought help.

Though we are thankful for your assistance thus far, I must ask that you direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency to exercise all the authority vested in it through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207 (the Stafford Act) §401, to expedite a disaster declaration for Duval County as soon as possible. The flooding that devastated our communities was not limited to Cameron and Hidalgo Counties. Thus, assistance is required beyond those two counties.

As stated in my previous letters, the severe weather and flooding that occurred in South Texas spanned several Congressional Districts. Moreover, many homes, businesses, and public structures were left in need dire of repair. This devasting loss of property warrants a declaration of disaster for all affected communities, including Duval County.

Once the disaster declaration is made through FEMA, I ask that you make resources, including federal funds, available to Duval County.

Should you have any questions, or need more information about this tragic occurrence, please contact me at (202) 225-2531.

 

Most respectfully,

 

Vicente Gonzalez

Member of Congress

 

 

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