Gov. Carney requests Federal Disaster Declaration for August storms
SMYRNA, Del. – On Monday, Governor John Carney submitted a formal request to President Donald Trump, asking for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for the first state as a result of the severe weather events that took place from August 4th through August 7th.
In his letter to the president, Carney noted over four days that weather conditions including heavy rain, multiple tornadoes, and damaging winds caused substantial damage throughout the state. The Delaware Emergency Operations Center was activated, a State of Emergency was declared, and the Delaware Emergency Operations Plan was enacted.
We’re told the request specifically asks the president for a Major Disaster Declaration, including Public and Individual Assistance for Kent and New Castle Counties, along with Hazard Mitigation Funding to made available to all three counties. Governor Carney’s request letter states that local expenditures are expected to be in excess of $6.7 million.