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Reps. Brian Babin and Randy Weber Request POTUS Deliver an Immediate Federal Disaster Declaration for Regions of Southeast Texas

Washington, September 19, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressmen Brian Babin (TX-36) and Randy Weber (TX-14) released the following statement after sending a joint letter to President Donald J. Trump requesting he immediately deliver a Federal Disaster Declaration to the regions of Southeast Texas impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda once in receipt of such a request.  

“Ensuring that the residents of Texas’s 36th Congressional District are safe and have access to the resources they need during and after this storm is my top priority at this time,” said Babin. “Tropical Storm Imelda gave our folks little to no time to prepare, especially for the amount of rainfall the region is currently receiving. Many are still recovering or had just recovered from Hurricane Harvey – which left utter destruction in its wake. Reports indicate that, in many areas, the damage Imelda is expected to leave will be worse than that left by Harvey. I pray that everyone remains safe, and please know that my office and I will continue working tirelessly to make sure our citizens have the necessities and assistance required to weather this storm. I have no doubt that President Trump will act swiftly to deliver a Federal Disaster Declaration once he receives a request from Governor Greg Abbott to do so.”

"Southeast Texans are once again facing life-threatening weather conditions – in some areas, the destruction is worse than Hurricane Harvey,” said Weber. “Our first priority must be to ensure residents have access to essential supplies and rescue services. A delay in issuing a Federal Disaster Declaration will inhibit access to life-saving federal resources. We are confident the Administration will work closely with the State of Texas to ensure the health and safety of our citizens."

To view letter, please click here.