Tornado damage to Dallas Fire-Rescue Station 41 on Oct. 21, 2019. No firefighters were injured. (Dallas Fire-Rescue/Twitter)

Was Dallas’ Oct. 20 Tornado a Disaster? Feds Haven’t Said So Yet, and Relief Is on the Line

Dallas and Texas officials believe the Oct. 20 tornadoes that tore through the county far exceed the dollar amount needed to trigger a presidential disaster declaration. But for the moment, at least, federal emergency officials disagree.

And it might all come down to whether or not the feds believe they should pay to replace a bunch of Dallas’ aging, outdated traffic signals destroyed in the storm.

In large part, this one issue is why it remains unclear whether Washington will help fund the cleanup and rebuilding or leave locals to foot a bill likely to be in the tens of millions of dollars.

Read more at the Dallas Morning News

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