Senators and a congressman support the request for Federal Disaster Declaration.
U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congressman John Carney, all D-Delaware, urged President Barack Obama to approve Delaware's request for a Presidential Disaster Declaration because of the effects of the severe storm and flooding that impacted the state Sept. 29-30.
The request, made by Gov. Jack Markell, noted the two days of rainfall and flooding that occurred along the Delaware coast and lower Delaware Bay. Total expenditures from the storm are expected to be more than $2.24 million, according to Markell’s letter. If approved, the declaration will make Public Assistance Funds from the Federal Disaster Relief Fund available to the state to assist in the response and recovery effort.
Portions of Delaware experienced 8.94 to 12 inches of rainfall over the two-day period. The Federal Disaster Relief Fund is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security. Public Assistance Funds are meant to help communities respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies.