9,000 flood insurance claims already filed in wake of flood
WASHINGTON - The President received updates from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on Wednesday morning after Fugate traveled to Louisiana on Tuesday to follow up with ongoing flood response in the state.
Administrator Fugate briefed Obama on the resources that have been provided to support the response and recovery, including federal assistance available to individuals who have been impacts and FEMA Corps volunteers.
The President has directed Administrator Fugate to utilize all resources available to assist in the response and recovery. He’s been asked to provide regular briefings concerning the ongoing response. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Johnson will visit the affected area on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, President Obama spoke with Gov. John Bel Edwards to let him know that he had approved a Major Disaster Declaration for affected parishes in Louisiana. The list of approved parishes has since increased. FEMA has been on the ground in the region since before the flooding began and continues to mobilize across the state to respond to the state’s emergency needs including getting people into temporary housing.
More than 70,000 people have already registered for individual assistance under the federal disaster declaration with more than 9,000 flood insurance claims already filed.
For more information and to apply visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov.