Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Saturday that he would seek a major disaster declaration for Broward County due to the catastrophic effects of unprecedented flooding in Fort Lauderdale.

The announcement comes 10 days after heavy rain caused historic flooding that damaged countless homes and left residents reeling from devastation.

If granted by the White House, a major disaster declaration will provide a wide range of federal assistance programs for people and public infrastructure damaged by flooding.

On Monday, Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Executive Director Kevin Guthrie requested the deployment of Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) teams to Broward County to conduct the in-person assessment. .

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