A tree felled by ice rests near a house Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, in Richardson, Texas. Winter storm and ice warnings are in effect through much of today for parts of six states in the Midwest, including Texas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. An ice storm in North Texas has knocked out power to more than a quarter of a million homes and business, canceled almost 1,000 flights and contributed to a fatal wreck. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Dallas area until Friday night. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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 said 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.