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Senate approves millions for Louisiana flood recovery

Vehicles transport supplies and people through neighborhoods affected by the 2016 flood event. (Amanda Simmons/Press-Tribune)

The Senate approved Wednesday $500 million in federal disaster assistance for flooding in both north and south Louisiana.

The Senate approved the funding when it passed the continuing resolution (CR) that will fund the government through December 9.

“Passing this bill is good news for the hundreds of thousands of Louisianians struggling to recover from a thousand-year flood event. This is certainly a significant down payment for Louisiana recovery, but we’re only at the beginning,” said Senator David Vitter (R-LA). “Our entire Louisiana delegation is united in fighting for the full amount after the election, and we’re going to continue working with our colleagues and urging the President to make sure Louisiana has the assistance we need to make us whole.”

Today’s CR grants $500 million to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to distribute to states with disasters in 2016. Louisiana is expected to receive a major portion of those funds via the Community Development Block Grant Program, and the state is expected to use that funding for housing recovery efforts and other unmet recovery needs.

Gov. John Bel Edwards pledged Monday that some of those funds would be used to help north Louisiana recover from unmet needs as a result of flooding this past spring.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.


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