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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Bright and Rogers Team Up to Ask Obama to Expedite Disaster Declaration


U.S Reps. Bobby Bright and Mike Rogers sent a joint letter to President Barack Obama requesting quick approval for a major disaster declaration for the State of Alabama. Gov. Bob Riley made the request on May 18.

The letter comes on the heels of severe storms which ravaged parts of Alabama May 6-8. Riley requested individual assistance for Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties and a major disaster declaration for public assistance for Autauga, Bullock, Elmore and Montgomery Counties.

"These storms took a devastating toll on the affected counties, including the tragic loss of life. The federal assistance requested would greatly aid the State as it recovers from this disaster," according to the letter.

“These floods devastated parts of Alabama, causing pain and loss for so many people,” Rogers said, in a statement. “I appreciate President Obama’s attention to this matter and hope he will approve this request quickly so that our first responders and local citizens will see some much-needed relief,”

“I would like to commend Governor Riley and his staff for their swift action in determining the need for a federal disaster declaration for Autauga, Bullock, Elmore, and Montgomery Counties,” Bright said, in a statement. “The River Region saw significant damage from the recent storms and federal assistance will go a long way in helping our citizens and communities recover. I urge the President to heed the Governor’s request and quickly declare these counties eligible for federal assistance.”

The letter was signed by both congressmen and sent on Wednesday.

-- posted by Markeshia Ricks

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