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Or Donald can carry governor thank you for being here for first on fox this -- -- -- -- the things -- capital.
My pleasure my pleasure -- will certainly think that the nation is with the -- and say this this is -- this horrible what is happening around rescued just give us.
And up to them minute update a waiter at a particular with opening up I 95 and then also where you are with the evacuation.
-- -- I think good news is that you said to the -- up -- Charlie you know this is -- actually 200 year.
Flood plain event as best we can tell where you were set records for rainfall records.
-- -- the cresting on up what thoughts at river which is one that's -- -- impact in this the most.
Good news is we have not had any loss of life all the community did a great job yesterday and last night removing people getting people to safety.
In those homes and businesses that were affected so we've we've done that very well right now the concentration is.
Getting the interstate 95 which is that central -- the key artery and -- date.
North and south getting that reopen.
You know crews are working throughout the night pumping water off off of the interstate.
Is -- said here today at this time we're we're hopeful early this afternoon.
We should have that open again.
And and running and we want to make certain it's going efficiently before the rush off its -- that we get that done that'll take a lot of pressure off a number of the side roads and smaller highway -- so that's been a primary focus get that open.
And and that is -- we get the traffic flowing back to a more normal conditions.
Hey governor Gerri Willis here I wanted to ask you I'm so glad to hear that there were no fatalities and it sounds like.
People there are are pretty much safe although that's always in question with all the water.
What is this going to end up costing the state this is disaster upon disaster -- with what's been going on with the economy.
And now and now you have this natural disaster what's going to be the price -- you -- -- -- idea.
Rick we're we're we're putting that together is going to be very difficult but it's going to be enormous because.
It is a Wal-Mart and -- more towards the senators they've written the commercial center of -- -- actually.
A lot of retail businesses we got a couple -- that have been effectively inundated.
So there's going to be a Lotta loss of work.
Short term from a lot of businesses that have been flooded out and impacted.
So we're gonna have people lot of work businesses not doing the business that they were doing so the financial impact from an economic standpoint.
I think is going to be very very great the second at the second aspect is all the infrastructure that have been impact that we're losing bridges.
Right now not major ones but in communities that are key.
-- links within communities.
That we think you're gonna have to be replaced -- with a lot of infrastructure also.
That is is gonna cost a lot of money.
For us to refurbish.
I governor Pat White to stand -- we're getting some breaking news on the president disaffection you -- just thought learning that Governor Patrick of Massachusetts on the Associated Press.
That President Obama is -- now working out the details to come and survey.
Not only Massachusetts but Rhode Island -- looks like the president is trying to work out some type of detail.
Details of the trip he wants to make you walk around -- according to Governor Patrick from Massachusetts maybe not do anything by air kind of walk around so let's talk about.
Federal aid -- you right now sir I know that FEMA is on the ground -- even declared a disaster area that from a financial perspective.
If you do to speak face to face with the president may -- as soon as tomorrow what do you say to President Obama what else do you need right now.
Was the two big issues of by the way -- secretary Napolitano is coming tomorrow as well unless she's changed her plan so.
-- great to have both of them hit the biggest issues I see right now.
-- femur is on the ground and they're already beginning talking with homeowners that are have been impacted and -- -- funds available to help -- Big impact his businesses the business disruption.
I know -- -- programs the SBA has but.
You know a lot of those things are -- you have people Rory borrowed money so.
I think the business side and how we can get capital and resources to get the businesses reopening and and people back working again is -- be -- key the other part.
Is what I just said all the infrastructure -- because we've got.
Highways that have been washed out in some cases bridges we've got a major sewer treatment plant the city award which is the largest after the city of Providence.
Well largest metropolitan area is its sewer treatment plant is -- inundated.
And so it's going -- cost a lot of money and time to get that up so it's it's really going to be.
Huge needs that we have both infrastructure and help the businesses and the homeowners.
And and that's what we're gonna have to talk about and then.
And obviously many of these programs the states are required to put up you know a bit of a match sometime this morning 5%.
Now we're struggling all like every state right now and so.
You know we'll be talking about it some in some ways we can forego that and talking with our delegation as well.
I -- I didn't do what masculine unemployment right now -- at 13% in your state at best 3% higher than the national average.
Now what this is not blowing -- Seven there was thought twelve point seven and it's been that for three months and it's stable and we're keeping our fingers crossed that it doesn't rise.
I think you very much for correcting me and I'm glad that you did -- there aren't bad.
And -- is bad enough for -- point seven believe me -- -- does a lot better than than 13% absolutely governor -- talk about jobs in this city -- but the statement also talk about.
Businesses overall -- -- you've you've got a major fiscal budget situation just like the rest of the state in this country you're right now more than twenty million dollars.
In shortfalls and did any sense of projections going forward for the for the budget and then perk for jobs concerning where you work before these floods hit.
You where it is interesting to those two things absolutely linked obviously we've got to get people back working.
Because we -- 73000.
People out of work and our little state right now and it and so they're getting back to work we'll have an impact obviously.
In terms of the State's revenue rose and and the budgetary impact so we're doing everything we can't it's a very difficult we need help from the national economy.
To begin to -- down and begin to lift.
You know production facilities of people manufacturer of putting people back to work a whole.
Segment of that and you know we've got I've got programs that I put in my budget small business tax credits employment credits we just put in place all capital access program.
That will allow businesses access capital with the state they're guaranteeing a portion of that.
So doing the things that we can do to try -- prop up the particularly the small business community.
But clearly like many of the states we need -- you know we in the national economy that's that back much more strongly than it is right now.
The governor Donald could -- from Rhode Island governor thank you very much for speaking with Fox Business today and certainly.
Are our prayers are with -- Thank you appreciate that that you're well folks.
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