Tuesday, September 22, 2009 -
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Chambliss, Isakson Urge President to Support Governor's Request for Emergency Declaration on Severe Weather, Flooding
WASHINGTON - U.S. Sens. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today expressed their strong support for Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue's request for a major disaster declaration from President Obama to assist the north Georgia and metro Atlanta areas, which have been affected by severe weather and flooding.
A federal disaster declaration will make the state eligible for federal funding for emergency response measures and aid for losses. The senators have been in communication with state emergency officials following the severe weather and flooding.
"We support Gov. Perdue's request and stand ready to assist our fellow Georgians," said Chambliss. "There are many areas that are going to need a helping hand, and it is imperative that the president approve this request. I commend our citizens and emergency personnel who responded quickly to help those in need. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Georgia who have lost loved ones as a result of this disaster."
"I fully support the Governor's request for federal disaster assistance for communities in Georgia affected by these devastating storms and floods, and I hope the President will approve this request quickly so all of our Georgia communities can begin the recovery process" Isakson said. "My prayers are with the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy, and I want to thank the emergency personnel who responded so quickly."