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DeSantis Seeks Major Disaster Declaration from White House

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will ask the Biden administration to declare a major disaster for Broward County.

“Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced he will request a Major Disaster Declaration for Broward County due to the catastrophic impacts of unprecedented flooding in Southeast Florida,” DeSantis’s office said in a statement. “If granted by the White House, a Major Disaster Declaration will provide a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure damaged by the floods.”

Historic Flooding in Southeast Florida

More than 2 feet of rain fell in some parts of the county on April 12. The 1-in-1,000-year deluge left some parts of the county with up to 3 feet of water.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shut down on the evening of April 12. Airport officials resumed operations at 9 a.m. on April 14 after they completed final inspections. Airport operations were slowly returning to normal afterward, but the almost two-day closure was still affecting some passengers.

Gas deliveries to the port were also slowed, causing long lines at the pump.

Florida and federal officials have been conducting damage assessments in impacted flood areas since Wednesday and are expected to finish physical assessments this weekend.

“In less than three days, teams have assessed over 1,300 homes and identified over 1,000 with major damages,” the governor’s office said.

Fort Lauderdale, a city on Florida’s southeastern coast, declared a state of emergency after the heavy rain.

“Flooding conditions remain impactful in the southern areas of the City this morning. An active emergency declaration is in effect,” the City of Fort Lauderdale stated in live updates. “Emergency Management crews worked continuously through the night to attend rescue calls.”

The city said Saturday that debris removal trucks are operating in all areas that were affected by the flooding and the efforts may last four to six weeks.

DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program on Thursday for affected businesses.

A small business in the flooding areas may be eligible for loans up to $50,000 under the program.

  • francine martin says:

    what will biden do now?

  • Leslie says:

    I wouldn’t hold my breath. Biden’s made it very clear he only cares about the braindead sheep in this country and conservatives are left to fend for themselves (after they rape us in taxes).

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