Perry icy after President Obama denies winter storm declaration

Some flyovers in North Austin were iced over Friday morning. (Kate Wedaw/KXAN)
Some flyovers in North Austin were iced over Friday morning. (Kate Wedaw/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Texas Governor Rick Perry on Thursday appealed a decision by President Barack Obama to deny a disaster declaration for a winter storm in December.

Perry had requested federal assistance for the storms that hit Texas between Dec. 5 – 9, 2013.

The freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas on that day prompted several school closings and delays. 183A was closed down due to ice near Cedar Park. 8 flights were delayed at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. As many as 50 cars were stuck on the 183A flyover at S.H. 45.

“Severe winter weather of this scale and duration is highly unusual in Texas, and has created a strain on both finances and resources for Texas communities,” Perry said in a statement. “Families and businesses affected by the storms are in need of significant additional resources beyond local and state capabilities. I urge President Obama to reconsider his denial of assistance to these communities.”

Perry’s request for disaster declaration was mainly centered in 15 North Texas counties where the weather was worse. 2,100 flights were cancelled at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and 264,490 utility customers lost power.

In his appeal to President Obama’s denial, Perry said, “while it may not have been historic by [National Weather Service] standards, it did have a massive financial impact to the jurisdictional budgets that were not created for unusual and unexpected winter events.”

 

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