• Mr. Speaker, on June 14, heavy rains poured down hammering the ground and streets of Georgia the Republic of Georgia .
  • The River Vere, a small stream that cuts through the center of the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, was transformed into a raging torrent.
  • It caused flooding of an unprecedented scale.
  • So far, 13 people have been killed. The flooding allowed animals to escape from the local zoo. Lions, bears, tigers, and jaguars remain on the loose.
  • Homes, cars and roadways are destroyed. There are over 1 million residents in the capital, and it will take a long time before things get back to normal.
  • I've been to Georgia --twice. Texans and Georgians are likeminded people; they know the spirit and importance of Independence.
  • Still occupied by the Russians, Georgia sent troops to fight alongside ours in Afghanistan.
  • They have been a strong and steadfast U.S. ally in an important and often turbulent part of the world.
  • Americans must help our friends and allies; the Georgians, as they begin to rebuild their capital city after this historic flooding.
  • From across the globe we keep the Georgians in our thoughts and prayers.
  • We know our Georgian friends are resilient and will face this natural disaster with courage. We should stand by them in this effort.
  • And that's just the way it is.