(The Daily Advertiser) – Lafayette Parish President Joel Robideaux returns home from Washington, D.C., today after reminding Congress not to forget about Acadiana as it considers federal flood aid.
“I wanted to reinforce that the priority for any disaster package should do something about housing,” Robideaux told USA Today Network of Louisiana before boarding his return flight Tuesday morning.
Robideaux said more than 4,000 homes in Lafayette Parish were damaged in the August flood and an additional 1,000 or more in other Acadiana parishes.
“People are having to make decisions now about whether to rebuild or move,” he said. “They need to know if there is additional funding on the way.”
Robideaux, who was accompanied by Lafayette planning and zoning director Carlee Alm-Labar, said he spoke with each member of the Louisiana delegation as well as officials with federal agencies like the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“The delegation is cautiously optimistic,” he said. “My hope is a funding piece for homeowners can come through soon.”
Robideaux was also appointed by Gov. John Bel Edwards to a newly-created flood recovery task force Monday.