President adds more parishes to federal disaster declaration
MONROE – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced Tuesday that President Obama has declared an 16 additional parishes federal disaster areas due to recent flooding, according to FEMA.
Gov. John Bel Edwards requested Tuesday morning that Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, DeSoto, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, West Carroll and Winn parishes be added to the list of parishes considered federal disaster areas. The President granted that request later on Tuesday.
Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Webster parishes were declared federal disaster areas on Sunday.
“This historic flood has left thousands of Louisianians hurting and in need of federal assistance. After personally visiting all corners of my district – from Northeast, Central and Southeast Louisiana – I can say that the damage is widespread. I appreciate Gov. Edwards and President Obama for including more parishes into the federal disaster zone. That declaration is necessary so that we can move forward and rebuild together,” Dr. Abraham said.
The emergency declaration can be amended further to include more parishes. It is critical that parishes left off the most recent list report their damages to their local governments so that local officials can complete their damage assessments. Once local damage assessments are completed, that information can be forwarded to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, which can then ask for another amended declaration that expands the scope of the disaster zone.
Dr. Abraham will continue to assist local governments in obtaining federal disaster declarations, and he will continue to help facilitate requests for assistance as he has done throughout the flood event.
A resource sheet for applying for federal aid can be located online at Abraham.House.gov.
Individuals in the parishes that have already received a federal disaster declaration can register with FEMA by applying online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Those who have a speech disability or hearing loss should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 1-800-621-3362.