Feds denies aid to Texas for Hermine recovery

Monday, October 11, 2010 - 7:09pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A spokeswoman for Rick Perry says the Texas governor is considering his options after the federal government denied his request for emergency aid to help the state clean up from Tropical Storm Hermine.

President Barack Obama's administration rejected Perry's request for a major disaster declaration and about $6.8 million in aid for 13 counties.

Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, wrote in a letter to the governor Friday that the storm's "severity and magnitude" did not exceed the capabilities of state
and local government.

The aftereffects of the storm killed eight people, including seven in Texas.

Perry spokeswoman Katherine Cesinger told the Austin American-Statesman that the governor can appeal the denial or pursue loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.


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