Trump approves governor's request to expand federal emergency declaration
BATON ROUGE - President Donald Trump has approved Governor John Bel Edwards' request to expand the federal emergency declaration in Louisiana.
The governor's office says the Trump administration approved the expansion Friday to include seven additional parishes impacted by Tropical Storm Harvey, including Acadia, Allen, Iberia, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine and Vernon Parishes.
According to the governor, this declaration is for emergency protective measures conducted before, during and after an incident. They are to eliminate or lessen immediate threats to lives, public health or safety; or to eliminate or lessen threats of significant additional damage to improved public or private property in a cost-effective manner.
A total of 12 parishes have now received federal emergency declarations. The initial declaration included: Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion Parishes.