State Rep. Eric Johnson Wants Hail Storm Declared a Disaster, Asks Mayor Mike for Help

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Damage estimates from the hail storm that pummeled, to name a few things, historic slate roofs, delicate glass sculptures, the Midway sign at Fair Park, and my car. Also, the head of state Rep. Eric Johnson's wife Nakita when a hailstone boulder crashed through his car's sunroof, which might have played some part in Johnson asking Mayor Mike Rawlings today to, you know, get a little state and federal assistance.

Already, damage estimates are creeping toward $2 billion, and that's mainly based on insurance claims. All told, the storm will likely rank as one of the most damaging (dollar-wise) non-hurricanes in the country's history, Johnson noted.

I am very concerned that a number of my constituents and others lack the insurance that would help them to recover from this catastrophic event or, if they have insurance, they cannot afford to pay their high deductibles. in particular, I worry that some of our working families may have lost their only means of transportation when their cars were totaled or sustained severe structural damage to their homes which they cannot afford to repair due to the aforementioned reasons.

I am asking you, in your official capacity as Mayor of Dallas, to formally request Governor Rick Perry to use all of the powers at his disposal, including his power to declare the herein referenced storm a disaster(Johnson's emphasis), to marshal any and all state and/or federal resources available for the benefit of those who were adversely affected by this storm. Please also do whatever else you can to ensure that resources from the city, state, and federal government are made available to those who are not otherwise in a position to recover from this disaster.

No word yet from Mayor Mike's office. He's in Asia with a trade delegation right now, but he's been tweeting like mad about water conservation and chicken recipes, so I'm assuming he's plugged in enough to drop Rick an email. That said, I've never heard of a disaster declaration for a hail storm, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't happen. After all, $2 billion is a shitload of money.

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Bill Haley
Bill Haley

What has happened to people when representatives think that government should pay for personal property damaged by nature? Sorry, but if your constituents can not afford insurance or high deductibles, it is because they are poor. One of the many issues with being poor is living on the edge in a house of cards. It is why it is called poor. It is what got me to leave home, join the military and come back and go to college. Sorry your constituents would rather 1. eat with welfare food stamps 2. get their health insurance paid w/ my tax dollars 3. spend their money on booze and dope.

Urbandweller203
Urbandweller203

Insurance should take care of hail damages on homes and cars, not local and state tax money.

seriously?
seriously?

Oh please.  Obama isn't going to play politics with federal disaster relief

NewsDog
NewsDog

Good Luck. Perry has been on Obama's administration for various Federal disaster declarations since the drought and then the wildfires started last spring. So far only a few Counties have been been so rewarded.  The implied reason for no response is that Texas as a whole didn't vote for Obama. 

CheeryBitch
CheeryBitch

Those "who lack the insurance"? We're required by state law to have insurance on your car. If you don't have insurance on your property, tough luck, shit happens. Can't pay your deductible? That's why you should ALWAYS have a "rainy day fund", because, you know, in case shit happens. You don't have any "means of transportation"? DART! Or ask a friend. you know, plan and find a way, but don't ask for a handout for your failure to be adequately covered.

Randy
Randy

This guy should be encouraging his constituants to start buying insurance. I've been paying for home owner's insurance for 22 years, and now it's going to come in handy. I have a totaled roof, (8) broken windows and a badly damaged fence. Anyone who owns a car or house without insurance is a fool. Tell the goverment to stay out...

Jd
Jd

Thats right Eric,  Hand out money to those who are not responsible.  Its like giving liquor to a drunk.

Matthew Gunter
Matthew Gunter

I'd settle for a shop that wasn't backed up for 2mos to fix my car. It's getting old driving a car missing 3 windows.

mark zero (Jason)
mark zero (Jason)

A barista at my local Starbucks, who recently moved here, says he is fleeing back to Florida in the next couple weeks because that hail storm scared the sense out of him when it destroyed his car. Apparently, hurricanes are better because you get more warning.

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