UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
Gov. Rick Perry along with Senators Cornyn and Hutchison have sent a letter to President Obama requesting aid for 13 Texas counties flooded by Tropical Storm Hermine. The storm left families homeless and businesses ruined. People in the areas that Gov. Perry requested assistance for are trying to get back on their feet. One business owner, Ronnie Shoepf, told us news of government help is good, but, "I don't want to put all my hopes, my family's hopes or our financial hopes in that having to happen."
To people passing through, the damage might not be as obvious, but the communities are still suffering. We found one area that was covered with water two weeks ago. A family there is living in tents next to what used to be their home.
JP DeMeritt, Emergency Services Director at the Red Cross, says, "They want to take charge of their own recovery, but they're not sure of exactly how to do that. So what we're trying to do is provide them tools that they can use to take charge of their response.
Gov. perry is requesting assistance for Bill, Blanco, Cameron, Coryell, Denton, Hill, Jim Wells, Johnson, Medina, Tarrant, Travis, Willacy and Williamson. Requests made by the governor include individual assistance, disaster unemployment, crisis counseling, hazard mitigation statewide and small business loans. If you need assistance or want tips on how to prepare for a disaster, click here to go to the Red Cross Website.