- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

President Obama on Tuesday vowed to expedite federal aid to Texas, which was hit with record rainfall over the weekend.

At least 11 people in Oklahoma and Texas have died as a result of flooding, and authorities in Texas are searching for at least 12 people who are missing. Mr. Obama said he spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday and promised the federal government will help with search-and-rescue and recovery efforts.

“I assured Gov. Abbott he could count on the help of the federal government,” the president said. “We have FEMA personnel already on the ground. They are coordinating with Texas emergency management authorities, and I will anticipate there will be some significant requests made to Washington. My pledge to him is we will expedite those requests.”

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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