President Trump approves Gov. Edwards' emergency disaster request
UPDATE: Gov. Edwards will speak at a press conference at noon to discuss the latest information on Harvey and the recent emergency disaster declaration.
You can watch that live conference here.
BATON ROUGE - President Trump has approved Governor John Bel Edwards' request to declare an emergency disaster for the State of Louisiana.
“President Trump and his administration executed swift and decisive action in approving our Federal Disaster Declaration,” said Gov. Edwards. “We are very grateful for the assistance and because this is an ongoing event, we continue to monitor the changing conditions of the storm and will move every available state and federal resource where they are needed most.”
Sunday afternoon, Edwards sent Trump a letter requesting that the initial declaration is granted for five parishes — Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermillion.
Additional parishes will be added to the request as warranted.
"Tropical Storm Harvey is causing severe damage along the Gulf Coast, and we are expecting significant damage in Louisiana, particularly in Southwest Louisiana,” said Gov. Edwards. “The state is taking the necessary steps to provide assistance to those citizens that need it most, but we anticipate needing additional support from the federal government. For the last week, FEMA has been on the ground with Louisiana, and we are grateful for the administration’s support as this storm continues to make its way into Louisiana.”
The National Weather Service predicts that Southwest Louisiana will see 10-20 inches of rain between tonight and tomorrow.