Feds reject Texas appeal for ice storm relief aid

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Posted on April 19, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 19 at 10:53 PM

North Texas has now been frozen out of federal funds to help recover from December's devastating ice storm that paralyzed the region for days.

The White House has denied Gov. Rick Perry's appeal for aid.

The governor had sent a long letter to President Obama asking him to reconsider the petition for federal funds and showing how much of the state was impacted by the storm that began December 4.

Perry detailed the extraordinary damage done by the accumulating ice as well as the financial burden of clearing the mess out of the way. The governor's office estimated the unreimbursed costs totaled $48 million, and argued that dealing with an ice storm of that magnitude isn't something that is budgeted for in this part of the country.

"We are disappointed the federal government disagrees with the need to help the Texans who were affected by this storm," a written statement from Gov. Perry's office said. "We will continue to work with local officials to determine the best steps moving forward."

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