Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., backed up Governor Freudenthal’s request to President Obama to declare a major disaster for the State of Wyoming due to the major flooding in June. The Governor specifically requested Public Assistance for Fremont County and the Wind River Indian Reservation and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program statewide to help other impacted counties. The delegation witnessed firsthand the impacts of the flooding when they toured the area over the past few weeks.
A copy of the letter to President Obama is below.
July 1, 2010
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
We write to express our strong support for the request made on June 30, 2010 by Governor Dave Freudenthal that you declare a major disaster for the state of Wyoming based on major flooding that began on June 4, 2010. We hope that you act in an expeditious manner to grant the request for federal assistance.
We commend the first responders and other individuals who acted during the initial flooding to protect communities and individuals. We toured the affected areas and saw the extensive damage that the flooding caused. From our visits, it is clear that an extensive cleanup and recovery effort must take place.
Although the state acted quickly and partnered with federal agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers to fight the flooding, the state has determined that the incident has created a hardship that is beyond the state’s capabilities and the capabilities of the local governments. As such, the state has requested supplemental federal assistance.
Governor Freudenthal has requested Public Assistance for Fremont County and the Wind River Indian Reservation. Additionally, he is requesting a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for the entire state because it is possible additional damages will be identified in other Wyoming counties, including Albany County, Carbon County, Goshen County, Natrona County, and Platte County.
Thank you for your expeditious consideration of our request. We look forward to your response on this matter.
Michael B. Enzi John Barrasso, M.D. Cynthia Lummis
United States Senate United States Senate United States Congress
Cc: Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security
Administrator W. Craig Fugate, Federal Emergency Management AgencyRegional Administrator Robin Finegan, Federal Emergency Management Agency