UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
The request for help in Texas to repair the damage Tropical Storm Hermine left behind was denied by FEMA. Governor Perry, along with Congressmen Carter and Edwards, sent a letter to the administration to appeal the denial. Now, an appeal letter is circulating Texas delegates with damage from the storm in their district so they can sign on in efforts to get FEMA to reconsider the disaster declaration.
Congressman Carter said in a phone interview, "We're talking about people that lost everything, and all of the sudden to no fault except to the weather, they've got serious problems. We need the kind of assistance that FEMA is designed for."
Congressman Carter also makes the argument that FEMA flood maps were wrong, causing unexpected areas to be damaged severely. He said it was brought to FEMA's attention in the Spring, but they didn't listen.
"If their maps were wrong and it was pointed out to them, especially in sufficient time for them to take a new survey and fix things, and they didn't do it, then they need to be talking about how these people can be made whole," says Carter.
We spoke to a restaurant owner in Salado last month who didn't want to count on getting help. "It would be so appreciated, but at the same time, I don't want to put all my hopes, or my families hopes or our financial hopes into that having to happen or nothings going to work out," said Shoepf's BBQ owner, Ronnie Shoepf, Jr.
One construction company owner who is helping some fix their homes says the damage he has seen is similar to hurricane damage. He doesn't understand why they were denied assistance. "They've got to move out of their house, they don't have anywhere to go, insurance doesn't cover a lot of it, if they even have insurance, and they don't pay additional living expenses so they are basically on their own," says Billy DiCorte of Advances Restoration Services.
There is no word yet on when FEMA will have a response, but Congressman Carter says he will continue efforts until he gets answers.