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Louisiana receives $438 million 'down payment' for flood assistance

7 months 1 week 5 days ago October 13, 2016 Oct 13, 2016 Thursday, October 13 2016 October 13, 2016 11:19 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced Thursday that the state will receive $438 million for flood recovery.

Edwards’ announcement comes two months after devastating floods ravaged south Louisiana. The flood recovery money will also go to rebuilding efforts for the severe flooding in March.

“Historic flooding in Louisiana nearly crippled communities in every corner of our state, but thanks to the hard work of the entire Louisiana congressional delegation and the administration, our state is receiving financial assistance in record time,” Edwards said.

Edwards traveled to Washington D.C. three times to lobby for the $500 million in disaster aid. Edwards said that the money will serve as a “down payment” on assistance, with more to be considered after the 2016 election.

The U.S. Department of Urban Development is now set to publish guidelines for how the money may be spent.

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