Federal assistance expands for flood fight
BATON ROUGE-State officials say the Federal Emergency Management Agency has expanded assistance to the state and parishes responding to Mississippi River flooding.
The expansion, requested by Gov. Bobby Jindal, means 22 parishes are eligible for reimbursement of costs associated with flood response.
The federal government will cover 75 percent of the costs, with the local government responsible for the other 25 percent.
The parishes included in the FEMA declaration are Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, Iberia, Iberville, LaSalle, Madison; Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Martin; St. Charles, St. James; St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, Tensas, Terrebonne, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
The state said Sunday it's requesting the addition of Caldwell, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Lafourche, Lincoln, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Union and West Carroll.