Edwards requests St. Helena, 8 more parishes to disaster area
BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards asked Barack Obama to expand the federal disaster declaration to 9 more parishes Thursday.
Edwards requested Catahoula, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Rapides, Red River, Sabine and St. Helena parishes to be added to the disaster declaration area.
Edwards said those parishes experienced high water as well as debris in streets and roadways which caused safety concerns.
The federal declaration will provide residents with individual and public assistance, debris removal and direct federal assistance.
“Our team has continued to monitor the flood related damage across the state and taken proactive steps to provide for the safety and immediate needs of families affected by the flood waters,” said Gov. Edwards. “As promised, I am doing everything I possibly can to get much needed resources, state and federal, to every parish and person impacted by this devastating event.”
Previously approved parishes:
Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Claiborne, DeSoto, Grant, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Richland, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn