BATON ROUGE, La. (KLFY) – Eight more parishes have been added to the existing federal disaster declaration due to the historic flooding in Louisiana.
Acadia, Ascension, East Feliciana, Iberia, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry and Vermilion parishes join East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes in Governor John Bel Edward’s initial request for federal disaster aid.
“I have traveled to the impacted parishes and met with families dealing with devastating loss due to this historic flood event,” said Gov. Edwards. “I am grateful that the federal government has added additional parishes to this disaster declaration. We are traveling the state with FEMA representatives who are constantly collecting data on the damage, and we will continuously update our request to add more parishes as needed. I am optimistic that more parishes will be approved as we work around the clock to ensure every resource is available to the people of Louisiana.”
On August 14th, Governor Edwards requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster for 21 Louisiana parishes.
According to the Governor’s office, additional parishes will continuously be added to the declaration on a rolling basis.
Additional parish requests will be made in the coming days.
The 21 initially requested parishes include:
- East Baton Rouge
- East Feliciana
- Jefferson Davis
- Pointe Capee
- St. Helena
- St. Landry
- St. Martin
- St. Tammany