September 9th, 2011
12:19 PM ET

Lt. governor: Texas needs disaster declaration from Obama

Texas needs an immediate disaster declaration from President Barack Obama allowing access to heavy equipment and other assistance to help battle wildfires burning across the state, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said.

The White House has not responded to the state's previous request, Dewhurst contends, and "we need help yesterday."

There was no immediate response from the White House.

A disaster declaration would give the state access to heavy equipment, personnel, supplies and other support that would help it respond after nearly 300 consecutive days of wildfires, Dewhurst said.

Obama has approved a limited disaster declaration for fires in April and May.

"But this problem has been ongoing since January," Dewhurst said. "And if anything it's gotten worse."

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  1. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    The picture for this story won't load on my computer at work. Is he too hideous for publication?

    September 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andrew

    I thought Texas had seceded because it was "Fed Up!".

    September 9, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. American

    He won't give Texas ANY help. Remember what Obama said. " they have to PUNISH their enemies". And as we all know, he hates Texas and anything American.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      If that were the case, then Texas and the rest of the "red" states would have had to shut down long ago since it is they who reap more from the federal government than they pay in. It's them danged librul, blue states that pay the bills.

      September 9, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Ha, yeah right good luck with that. So far every State that went for McCain and has had a natural disaster since hasn't seen squat from FEMA. They did start to send aid to Joplin but it was just as quickly pulled after all the media left.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Donna

    If Texas is in such desperate need of help maybe the Governor should return to the state and do the job he was elected for. Instead of out campaigning. His first responsibility is to the people that elected him.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    What Texas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Alabama should do is pass a law in their respective state legislatures making in a felony for the Federal Government taking any income tax money from it's citizens. If we're not going to get any help from FEMA after a natural disaster then we shouldn't have to help fund it just so we can watch it all go to Northeastern and Southwestern states.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    @Donna; learn before you post. Perry asked for federal assistance so heavy equipment could be brought in and the planes that are sitting on the ground down there can be put in the air to help fight the fires. Perry can't send the planes up without Federal authorization and Obama's too worried about his re election campaign to get up off his @ss and give the authorization. Obama's the leader of the US it's his responsibility Perry's done all he can without Federal help.

    September 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      Dave Fema pulled out of Missouri as soon as the hurricane hit the east coast. They only had 1 billion left for Fema and the republicans want to cut that again.
      The Lt. Govenor said not Perry, and he has refused help before. Not one report says he asked. Same with what happened in LA.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ronald hall

    I guess the Lt. Governor has to do the asking because Rick Perry couldn't possibly ask the Federal Government for anything. I sure hope they get some rain help soon.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I live in Manhattan. I enjoy my life here. I have been to Austin, Texas. What a beautiful city. I had business to take care of in the capital, but I made time for leisure. It was great. My wife and I fell in love with Austin. That was 15 years ago. I think a lot has changed by now.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jenny

    Oklahoma is a blood red state and has received tons of federal money for the numerous disasters we have had. Your ignorance is showing by the way.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    What the Midwestern states should do is bring home all the crews they sent to help the Northeastern states. Oh and then we should tell them after the next 9/11 attack good luck with that.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. A. L. Bailey

    I am sure President Obama will re3spond to the situation in Texas, as he has responded to other crises occurring around the country. What surprises me is that Gov. Perry has not called for a statewide day of prayer. How silly of me to forget that he is roaming around the country to try to convince that he has all the answers for rebuilding the country. Stay faithful Texans...HELP is on the way.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave

    @Ronald hall, Perry has already requested federal assistance Obama ignored the request.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      No Dave,George,ChimmChimm.

      September 9, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    That is correct Dave.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Caroline Edwards

    The fires have been going on in Texas for months so maybe Perry could take an interest besides one fly over. And why did he cut 75% of the budget for the fire fighters in Texas??

    September 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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