Flood recovery group told: Work 'to restore our great state'
BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards charged members of his flood recovery planning group to be bold and innovative in its response to the mid-August flooding and to "devise a plan to restore our great state."
The Democratic governor spoke Wednesday as the Restore Louisiana Task Force held its first meeting. But the group doesn't yet have any block grant money to oversee.
Edwards says he remains optimistic about Louisiana's work to get the disaster block grant aid from Congress, which has gotten bogged down in unrelated Washington disputes. The governor says he's confident Louisiana will receive the additional federal recovery assistance.
To kick off its work, the task force saw video of the flooding's catastrophic damage, heard details of the destruction's scope and got a crash course in federal response programs.