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McHenry, Burr, and Tillis Send Letter to Administrator Long Regarding May Storms and Flooding
Letter accompanies appeal filed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper for the denial of a major disaster declaration

Washington, October 4, 2018 - Today, Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, Senator Richard Burr, and Senator Thom Tillis sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long in regards to the appeal North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper filed for the denial of a major disaster declaration for severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides incurred in Western North Carolina from May 15 to May 30, 2018.

"Although smaller in overall numbers, our constituents impacted by the May floods also suffered great loss, including loss of life," the members wrote. "Four months later they are still waiting to learn if the help needed to repair roads and infrastructure, recover from individual loss, and implement mitigation to prevent future loss will be made available to them."

Full text of the letter to Administrator Long is below:

October 4, 2018

Dear Administrator Long:

We are writing with regard to the appeal North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper filed on September 20, 2018, for the denial of a major disaster declaration for severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides incurred Western North Carolina from May 15 to May 30, 2018.

The State of North Carolina’s appeal documents over $5 million in additional damage related to the May event that was assessed after the original application was filed.  In addition, the appeal addresses the following issues:

1. The scope of the damage and loss of life in the impacted area.
2. The overlapping and continuous nature of the weather systems involved.
3. The shortfall of State resources to properly respond to public and individual assistance needs related to the May event; which has been exacerbated by the declared disaster created by Hurricane Florence.

We are very grateful for the outstanding and rapid response to the devastation North Carolina suffered from Hurricane Florence.  Although smaller in overall numbers, our constituents impacted by the May floods also suffered great loss, including loss of life.  Four months later they are still waiting to learn if the help needed to repair roads and infrastructure, recover from individual loss, and implement mitigation to prevent future loss will be made available to them.

We are asking that FEMA provide the State of North Carolina’s appeal every possible consideration.  As always, thank you for your hard work and the valuable services you provide for our constituents. 

Sincerely,

Congressman Patrick McHenry
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Thom Tillis

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