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Governor Abbott announces FEMA approval for federal emergency declaration

Governor Abbott and President Trump grant Federal Emergency Declaration request for assistance.
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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge (R), Texas Governor Greg Abbott (L) and Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives Reed Cordish (C) participate in a news briefing outside the West Wing after an Oval Office announcement with President Trump March 24, 2017 at the White House in Washington, DC. Charter Communications announced that the company is opening a call center in McAllen, Texas, creating 600 jobs. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Sunday, July 26 Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and President Trump have granted a Federal Emergency Declaration request for Emergency Protective Measures.

FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures limited to direct federal assistance and reimbursement for mass care.

This includes evacuation and shelter support at 75 percent federal funding.

"I thank President Trump and our partners at FEMA for their quick response in granting this Federal Emergency Declaration," said Governor Abbott. "We will continue to work with our federal and local partners as we assess the damage from Hurricane Hanna and may seek additional federal assistance as we continue to respond, recover, and rebuild our communities. I continue to urge Texans to heed the guidance from their local leaders and follow best practices to keep themselves and their loved ones safe as severe weather continues to move through our communities."

Serious flood risks remain throughout the Coastal Bend and the Rio Grande Valley.

For the latest updates on Tropical Storm Hanna, click here.

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