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Rep. David Jolly writes to FEMA about federal flooding assistance

Rep. David Jolly asked FEMA to consider the string of storms and damages as one disaster.
Rep. David Jolly asked FEMA to consider the string of storms and damages as one disaster.
Published Aug. 9, 2015

U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Indian Shores, penned a letter to the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Sunday asking the federal government to pay special attention to the Tampa Bay area if it decides to deploy aid to Florida.

Weeks of relentless rainfall and widespread flooding have left areas of Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties waterlogged, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and costing the region and state millions of dollars in damages.

And meteorologists predict the deluge could continue through the rest of August.

For the federal government to intervene, Florida Gov. Rick Scott must ask President Barack Obama to declare the state a major disaster area.

In his letter, Jolly said that if this happens, he wants FEMA to consider the string of storms and their subsequent damages as one disaster when deciding the amount of federal aid.

Jolly also asked FEMA to consider the severe and concentrated damages in Central Florida when determining aid, not just the overall impact to the state, which comparatively is not as substantial.

Last week, Scott declared a state of emergency for Dixie, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas and Taylor counties, clearing the way for state aid to those counties.