Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to President Barack Obama updating the state’s request for federal assistance to $2.8 billion.
In the letter, Gov. Edwards asked that the additional assistance be included in the Continuing Resolution that Congress will consider in the coming weeks. The additional $800 million will be used on resilient projects to protect homes and business from future flooding.
On Sunday, Sept. 11, Gov. Edwards held a conference call with the entire Louisiana congressional delegation to discuss the updated request and asked for their support.
“After two rounds of historic flooding in just eight months, it is clear that Louisiana needs additional assistance from the federal government to rebuild our communities and make our state stronger than it was before,” said Gov. Edwards. “The congressional delegation and I are working together to help the people of Louisiana, and I am hopeful that Congress will approve this funding in the Continuing Resolution they will consider in the coming weeks.”
In addition to requesting the additional funding, Gov. Edwards reiterated his request that the federal government approve a 90 percent cost share for the March flooding that impacted every corner of the state. Last week, President Obama announced that the federal government would cover 90 percent of the costs for the August flooding.