President Obama said Tuesday he spoke to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and pledged federal assistance to help the state recover from catastrophic flooding.

“I assured Gov. Abbott that he could count on the help of the federal government,” Obama told reporters in the Oval Office. “I will anticipate that there will be some significant requests made to Washington. My pledge to him is that we will expedite those requests.”

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At least 11 people have been killed in Texas and Oklahoma, where massive rainstorms triggered the floods.

Obama said personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are already on the ground assisting Texas authorities.