WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) issued the following statement in response to an announcement that FEMA has issued a major disaster declaration for parishes affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“This disaster declaration for Louisiana is righteous and long overdue. The Parishes of Southwest Louisiana experienced major damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure that extend beyond the capabilities of state and local government. My office has worked tirelessly to highlight this need, ensuring that Louisiana isn’t absent from the conversation about hurricane relief. I’m thankful that President Trump and his administration have been responsive to our constant outreach. Thanks to this decision, the patriots of South Louisiana will have access to the resources they need to rebuild and recover.”
More information on the announcement:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 16, 2017
President Donald J. Trump Approves Louisiana Disaster Declaration
Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that a major disaster exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey from August 27 to September 10, 2017.
Federal funding is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Harvey in the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, St. Charles, and Vernon.
Federal funding also is available to the State and to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work in the parishes of Acadia, Assumption, DeSoto, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Lafayette, Plaquemine, Rapides, St. Mary, and Vermillion.
Furthermore, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.
Brock Long, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named William J. Doran III as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.