Federal Disaster Aid Requested After Quake
|By Times-Herald, Vallejo, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Led by Thompson, the letter to the president was also signed by U.S. Sens.
A major disaster declaration, which was formally requested by the
"The earthquake hit our communities hard and federal assistance is needed for our area to fully recover from the damage that was caused," Thompson said in a statement. "I stand ready to help expedite any support and resources because the sooner we get aid from the federal government, the sooner we can begin rebuilding and repairing our homes, businesses, and infrastructure."
If the president approves federal assistance, funds from the
State and local government inspectors have conducted damage assessments and determined the extent of the damages sustained are beyond their capacity to repair without federal help, so the state has formally requested the president issue a major disaster declaration. The president must approve the state's request for federal assistance to become available.
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