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DeSantis seeks federal support for Fort Lauderdale flood victims

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis requested the Biden administration on Saturday to declare Broward County a catastrophe space on account of flooding earlier this month after document rainfall.

If granted, the declaration would make Broward residents who incurred injury to their houses and different property eligible for a variety of loans and different help. Local governments would even be eligible.

More than 2 ft (0.6 meters) of rain fell in some elements of the county April 12. The 1-in-a-1,000-year deluge left some elements of the county with as much as 3 ft (0.9 meters) of water. About 1,000 houses have been severely broken, based on the state.

The flooding additionally closed the airport for nearly two days. Gas deliveries to the port have been additionally slowed, inflicting lengthy strains on the pump.

The Republican governor is anticipated to quickly announce that he’ll search his social gathering’s nomination to problem President Joe Biden in subsequent 12 months’s election.

While ceaselessly sniping at one another, the Democratic president and the governor have seen their administrations work collectively after disasters. That consists of final 12 months’s Hurricane Ian, which killed greater than 140 folks and left 1000’s homeless, and the 2021 collapse of a condominium tower in Surfside, which killed 98.

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