Higgins Urges Biden to Approve Louisiana’s Request for Major Disaster Declaration
LAFAYETTE, LA – Congressman Clay Higgins (R-LA) delivered a letter today to President Joe Biden, urging the approval of Louisiana’s request for a major disaster declaration in response to recent severe weather and flooding. Congressman Higgins also again asked President Biden to issue a request to Congress for supplemental disaster assistance in response to last year’s hurricanes.
“I urge you to quickly make a major disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana in the wake of a recent severe rain event. The damage caused by this storm will have long-lasting effects on the people of Louisiana who were already struggling from the aftermath of Hurricanes Laura, Delta, Zeta, and the 2021 Winter Weather event,” Congressman Higgins wrote. “As you know, on May 17, 2021, a heavy and prolonged rainfall event occurred in portions of Louisiana. Over the course of four days, the storm caused significant flooding that resulted in the loss of several lives and immense property damage.”
The letter continues, “Further, I again ask that you expedite a request to Congress for a disaster supplemental to provide the region with specific funding for CDBG Disaster Recovery Grants, as well as funding for additional mitigation efforts. Louisiana is desperate for these additional federal resources after a horrific 2020 hurricane season devastated portions of the state. It is beyond time to act.”
Read the full letter below or as a pdf here.