PRESIDENT OBAMA CALLED FOR $3,838 BILLION IN FEMA RECOVERY FUNDS FOR FLOOD DAMAGE IN NEW YORK CITY AND LOS ANGELES ON Wednesday.
In his weekly address to the nation, Obama called for $5 billion for emergency recovery and rebuilding for communities impacted by the flood.
“We can’t afford to lose families and businesses to this crisis,” he said.
“We have to rebuild, and we must rebuild quickly.”
Obama is asking Congress to pass a bill that would give states and localities up to $5.7 billion for flood recovery and other assistance.
He also is asking for $2.9 billion in federal aid to help pay for the costs of rebuilding.
Obama also called for an increase in funding for flood victims and a temporary increase in the unemployment benefits of those eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Agency officials have already warned that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) could be short more than $3 billion for disaster recovery.
FEMA officials have said they could use that money to help cover more than 3.3 million people who have been displaced by Harvey.
The President also directed federal officials to prepare for the possibility of a potential “historic” storm on Thursday, with a possible surge of up to 12 feet.
The White House has warned that a surge of 10 feet could cause the National Weather Service to temporarily close schools, hospitals and power outages.
Hurricane Harvey hit Texas on Aug. 25, devastating communities and wreaking catastrophic flooding across the region.
The storm also killed at least 16 people and left thousands homeless.