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Mayor Vincent C. Gray Thanks President Obama for Disaster Declaration

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Declaration enables District to recoup costs associated with response and recovery

Doxie McCoy (202) 727-9691
Rob Marus (202) 727-6853

(Washington, D.C.) Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) received word from the White House today that President Obama had granted the Mayor’s request for a federal disaster declaration in the wake of the June 29 derecho event, when a complex of severe thunderstorms containing strong straight-line winds downed trees, caused structural damage and knocked out power across the District and the region.

“My thanks to President Obama for granting our request for a disaster declaration, thus making the District eligible for federal aid,” Mayor Gray said. “This assistance will help us recoup some of the millions of dollars of expenses the city incurred in ensuring that our streets were safe and our residents had food, water and shelter after the storms.”