FEMA grants Texas request for presidential disaster declaration

Gov. Abbott has asked Pres. Trump for an emergency declaration, sending aid to areas expected to be hit by Hurricane Harvey.

AUSTIN - President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have granted Texas Governor Greg Abbott's request for a presidential disaster declaration due to Hurricane Harvey making landfall in Texas.

President Trump made the announcement on Twitter on Friday evening.



The declaration will provide help from the federal government to victims of the storm in Texas.

"I want to thank the President and FEMA for their quick response in granting this disaster declaration," Gov. 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."

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