According to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the area and population damaged by Hurricane Harvey is “far larger” than the areas that were damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
Abbott said during a Wednesday press conference that because the area and amount of people affected by Harvey is larger than Katrina and Sandy, it will require far more in federal aid funding.
“The population size and square mile size of the area impacted both by the hurricane swath and the flooding is far larger than Katrina, is far larger than Sandy,” he said. “And, if I recall correctly…the Katrina funding was well over $100 billion.”
“If we go on a parallel standard, [funding] should be far in excess of that amount,” he stated, explaining that he is working with Sen. John Cornyn of Senate Finance to determine categories and amounts of aid that will be given to Texas.
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