Governor Edwards asks White House for $3B in hurricane aid
BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday (Jan. 26) that the state is requesting federal aid for hurricane recovery efforts in the amount of $3 billion.
Edwards explained, via a Tuesday afternoon press release, that Louisiana communities affected by hurricanes Laura, Delta and Zeta during 2020's record-breaking hurricane season are still in need of assistance.
“As in previous times of difficulty, Louisianans have once again risen to meet the challenges of rebuilding by helping their friends, neighbors and even total strangers begin the process of starting anew,” the Governor wrote. “While we do not doubt the ability of our citizens to recover, we need the help of the federal government to make that recovery complete.”
In 2020, Hurricane Laura struck southwest Louisiana as a Category 4 hurricane on August 27 and it was followed by Hurricane Delta, a Category 2 storm, on October 9. Then, on October 28, Hurricane Zeta struck the southeast portion of the state.
Additional federal funding sources, on top of FEMA funding for Individual Assistance, Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation, should include Community Development Block Grants, Social Services Block Grants and Emergency Solutions Grants program funding, in addition to further dollars from the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Natural Resource Conservation Service. The Governor also seeks a reduction in the cost-share required by state and local government affected by these storms.
The press release from Governor Edwards' office stated that Louisiana has unmet needs totaling $3 billion for hurricanes Laura and Delta alone. These include $396.3 million in homeowner needs, $481.7 million in renter needs, $130 million in non-federal FEMA Public Assistance cost share, $50 million in non-federal FEMA Hazard Mitigation cost share, $25 million in transportation damages, $576.4 million in estimated crop losses and $1.397 billion in estimated timber losses.
Click here to read the letter the Governor sent to President Biden and the data set outlining Louisiana’s losses.
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