Perry Asks for Federal Flood Help

13 counties named in request for help

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    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    NBCDFW
    Photos of high-water rescues and flooded condominiums in Arlington on Sept. 8, 2010.

    Gov.Rick Perry asked President Barack Obama to declare 13 Texas counties eligible for federal disaster help.

    The request comes nearly two weeks after heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hermine caused damage in communities across the state.

    More than nine inches of rain in Arlington on Sept. 9 forced residents of homes and apartments in central west  Arlington to evacuate.

    “In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Hermine, families and communities were left to face costly damages to their homes, businesses and properties,” Perry said in a news release. “I urge President Obama to grant the assistance I have requested so Texans can begin to recover and rebuild from the effects of this tropical storm.”

    The governor requested assistance for Bell, Blanco, Cameron, Coryell, Denton, Hill, Jim Wells, Johnson, Medina, Tarrant, Travis, Willacy and Williamson counties.

    If approved, the declaration would all affected residents to get low interest disaster loans, crisis counseling and disaster unemployment assistance.