05/26/2015 05:54 pm ET

Obama Promises Quick Federal Aid For Texas Areas Affected By Floods

President Barack Obama spoke with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Tuesday to offer his condolences to those affected by deadly floods that tore through parts of Texas.

Obama said he has directed Federal Emergency Management Agency resources to the area.

"I assured Governor Abbott that he could count on the help of the federal government," Obama said Tuesday following a meeting with NATO's secretary general. "We have FEMA personnel already on the ground. They are coordinating with Texas emergency management authorities and I will anticipate that there will be some significant requests made to Washington. My pledge to him is that we will expedite those requests."

Flash floods in Texas and Oklahoma have killed at least 16 people, and Abbott has declared states of disaster in 24 Texas counties.

"This is the biggest flood this area of Texas has ever seen. It is absolutely massive -- the relentless tsunami-type power of this wave of water," he said at a Monday press conference.



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