METAIRIE - House Majority Whipe Steve Scalise and other government officials have set a letter to President Barack Obama, supporting Governor John Bel Edwards' request for a federal disaster declaration.
The letter was sent by Scalise, along with U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, U.S. Representative Charles Boustany, U.S. Representative John Fleming, U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond, U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham, and U.S. Representative Garret Graves.
The letter reads as follows:
"Dear President Obama,
We are writing to express our support for Governor Edwards’ request for a federal disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana effective August 14, 2016, as a result of the severe storms and flooding that began on Friday, August 12, 2016.
Last week a strong storm system brought showers and thunderstorms that continue to persist across most of the State today. This storm has led to severe flooding, resulting in significant damages and the loss of property and life.
As of today, reports from the National Weather Service (NWS) indicate that river stations throughout Louisiana have already exceeded flood stage, and in some areas this exceeds the 500-year flood. Throughout south and central Louisiana numerous river basins are currently experiencing major floods.
It is expected that the emergency response capacity will exceed the capability of state resources. As a result, we request that vital federal resources be made available in an expedited manner to assist state and local governments to appropriately monitor risks, preserve life and property, and further implement preventive measures for residents, including potential
sheltering operations. A swift and effective federal response and assistance is necessary to ensure the safety of our citizens, and to mitigate property damage and lessen the damage of this disaster.
We look forward to working with you to help the residents of the threatened areas in their time of need, and eagerly await your response."