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Texas appeals denial of winter disaster assistance

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has appealed the federal government’s denial of disaster assistance for 15 counties slammed during a December winter ice storm.

Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday appealed on behalf of Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Palo Pinto, Parker, Red River and Tarrant counties. Perry’s office estimates total response costs and damage topped $48 million.

Perry says severe wintry weather that began Dec. 5 and lasted several days created a strain on finances and resources in the Texas communities.

More than a quarter of a million homes and businesses in North Texas lost electricity during the storm that closed schools, delayed flights and made driving treacherous.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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