Louisiana officials, lawmakers work to bring home federal flood relief
While the latest Louisiana floods have abated, the hard work of harvest and cleaning up still have to be done. Also part of the aftermath: state officials and lawmakers bringing home the best federal assistance package possible.
In mid-September, LSU AgCenter economists set the latest agriculture-related damage tally at $277 million. That doesn’t take into account the flood damages in parts of the state from earlier this spring.
“We’re looking, so far, at about $350 million in agriculture losses,” said Louisiana Rep. Ralph Abraham on Wednesday (Sept. 14). “However, the clock is still ticking and the tally will be even higher. With the help of the governor, of (Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike) Strain and the delegation, I think we’ll definitely get some money directed towards the state’s agriculture. We have to.”
Is there any indication how that money might be appropriated or apportioned?
“The Senate today is debating the (continuing resolution) on their side of the turf, so to speak. The House is waiting to see what the Senate will send us.
“The Senate is very ready to get out of town and begin campaigning in some of the battleground states. So, I’m hopeful that either today, tomorrow – certainly no later than Friday (September 16) -- we have something that includes an agricultural and flood relief package.”
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