BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of the Governor) – On Wednesday, Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with congressional leaders to discuss additional assistance for flood relief and attend the National Governor’s Association Conference.
On Thursday, Gov. Edwards will meet with the entire Louisiana congressional delegation to discuss the state’s flood relief package. In addition, he will meet with Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, as well as Senate Appropriations Committee leaders to ask for additional assistance. The first $438 million approved for Louisiana flood recovery assistance was approved with unprecedented disaster recovery speed — two months after the August flood.
The Edwards administration estimates Louisiana’s total flood recovery need after the historic March and August floods to total more than $3.7 billion.
On Friday, Gov. Edwards will attend the National Governor’s Association conference. Gov. Edwards will sit on a panel with Craig Fugate, Administrator the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to discuss being prepared on day one for newly elected governors.
Gov. Edwards has made several trips to Washington, D.C. to lobby for flood relief funding following historic flooding in March and August. In September, Congress approved more than $500 million in disaster assistance for states, which included $438 million for Louisiana alone.
On Monday, Nov. 21, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released the guidelines for how the funds can be spent.
The state is developing its plan within those guidelines and will submit a plan for approval prior to the funds being disbursed.