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Ben Carson praises Louisiana flood program

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DENHAM SPRINGS- President Donald Trump's Housing and Urban Development head gave Louisiana's flood response a ringing endorsement Monday. Ben Carson said he was "very impressed" with how the state is using the HUD money allocated for the Restore Louisiana program.

"I don't think any state has more experience in dealing with disasters than Louisiana," said Carson. "And that's one of the reasons we wanted to come here because there's a lot of knowledge here that can be spread around the rest of the country."

Carson toured flood ravaged neighborhoods Monday with Governor John Bel Edwards, Senator John Kennedy and Congressman Garrett Graves. The leaders said aid was taking too long to reach victims, to which Carson vowed to cut federal red tape to speed up future disaster responses.

Edwards said about 500 people have been helped under Restore Louisiana with another 40,000 who have applied.

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