FEMA grants request for disaster declaration for state of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted Texas Governor Greg Abbott's request for a disaster declaration in response to Hurricane Harvey.

According to the governor, the declaration will allow the federal government to provide assistance and hazard mitigation to communities affected by Harvey to help rebuild after the storm.

"I want to thank the President and FEMA for their quick response in granting this disaster declaration," Abbott said in a statement. "We will continue to work with our federal and local partners on all issues relating to this storm, and I encourage Texans to continue heeding all warnings from local officials."

President Trump also tweeted the news.

"At the request of the governor of Texas, I have signed the Disaster Proclamation, which unleashes the full force of government help!" Trump tweeted.

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