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Gov. Edwards to speak at US House hearing on flood response

2 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago April 04, 2017 Apr 4, 2017 Tuesday, April 04 2017 April 04, 2017 10:09 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
Edwards flying over the damage in Central Louisiana after stopping to meet with officials in Alexandria. (@richardacarbo)

BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is returning to Washington to talk about last year's massive flooding in south Louisiana.

Edwards will testify Wednesday morning before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. The committee is holding a hearing on the Federal Emergency Management Agency's response to the August floods that hit the Baton Rouge and Lafayette areas.

The Democratic governor's office says Edwards plans to talk about where the federal government's response has been helpful to the state and where federal regulations have slowed recovery efforts.

Also scheduled to testify at the hearing are FEMA's acting administrator, Robert Fenton; Jr. Shelton, the mayor of the East Baton Rouge Parish city of Central; and Mark Harrell, emergency coordinator for Livingston Parish.

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