Cicilline Remembers Colombian Flood Victims

Jan 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) delivered the following U.S. House floor speech today remembering the victims of the disastrous Colombian flood. His remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below:

“Madame Speaker, I rise today to express my thoughts and prayers to the people of Colombia in light of the devastating flooding, heavy rain, and destructive landslides that, even as I speak, continue to ravage that country.

“This natural disaster, ongoing for several months now, has taken more than 300 lives and damaged or destroyed more than 2,000 homes.

“In total, more than 2 million victims have been affected by the flooding. 

“Some reports are calling this the worst natural disaster in Colombia’s history.

“My district in northern Rhode Island is home to many wonderful Colombian families. 

“In fact, Colombians make up the fourth largest Latino group in Rhode Island - most of who have loved ones in the affected areas of their native country.

“So on behalf of the people of the first district of Rhode Island, I would like to express my sympathies to all those who have been affected by this devastating flooding. 

“We remember those who have died, and express our sympathies to those who have lost loved ones, been injured, or lost their homes as a result of this destruction. 

“I express my wishes for rapid reconstruction of the damaged areas and a return to safety for the families affected by this tragic natural disaster. I yield back the balance of my time.”