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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham, Louisiana delegation write Trump in support of federal disaster declaration

May 23, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., and the Louisiana Congressional delegation wrote to President Trump today in support of a federal disaster declaration in response to tornados that claimed two lives and caused millions of dollars in damage across Lincoln, Union and Morehouse parishes.
The delegation urged the federal government to include both Public and Individual Assistance in the federal declaration.
“The affected communities have heroically come together with the help of the Louisiana National Guard, churches, charities, and fellow neighbors to clean up debris, repair damages, and aid those in distress,” the delegation wrote. “The people of Louisiana are resilient; however, preliminary damage assessments performed by FEMA, the SBA, and the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) indicated that there was sufficient damages and expenditures to warrant a Public Assistance federal disaster declaration for Lincoln, Morehouse, and Union Parishes.
“We would also urge you to include Individual Assistance in the federal declaration.  It is our understanding that the preliminary damage assessments indicate a border line qualification for Individual Assistance in these parishes.”
Preliminary damage assessments indicate the severe weather caused more than $12.2 million in damage across the three affected parishes.
Signing the letter along with Abraham were U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy and U.S. Reps. Mike Johnson, Garret Graves, Clay Higgins, Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond.

Read the letter here.