Louisiana – Governor Expects a Further $1.2 Billion in Flood Relief

On 06 December, Gov. John Bel Edwards released a statement on the disaster relief funding included in the Continuing Resolution (CR) released by the U.S. House Appropriations Committee.

The government funding bill includes an additional $4.1 billion in disaster assistance for states impact by flooding and hurricanes. This assistance follows an initial down payment of $438 million out of $500 million that was secured in September’s CR.

Flooded areas of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are shown Aug. 15, 2016. To date, Coast Guard crews have rescued more than 195 people, assisted more than 2,902 people in distress and rescued 26 pets. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

Louisiana is expected to receive more than $1.2 billion in Community Development Block Grants, in addition to other funds.

“We are making significant progress in obtaining the necessary resources from the federal government to recover from the historic floods in March and August,” said Gov. Edwards. “This additional assistance is a significant step in the right direction that will give Louisianans some much-needed help as we continue to rebuild. I want to thank the Obama Administration, leaders in Congress, and our entire Louisiana congressional delegation for their work to secure this funding. We still have a long ways to go, and while this is not all that Louisiana needs, we are extremely grateful for the support from around the country.

“Make no mistake, we will return to Congress in the spring to ask for additional assistance to complete our package. Louisianans deserve nothing less than a full recovery, and my administration won’t stop until we are able to secure that. I look forward to continuing to work with the Louisiana delegation, as well as the Trump Administration, to get the assistance we need next year.”

Gov. Edwards visited Washington, D.C. five times since September to lobby for disaster 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. This initial down payment of assistance was secured in record time, less two months after the August flood.

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 currently developing its plan within those guidelines and will submit a plan for approval prior to the funds being disbursed.

Flood Summary

Last updated: July 21, 2016
Event
Louisiana, USA, March 2016
Date
March 8 to March 20, 2016
Type
Inland flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
A slow moving storm dumped massive amounts of rain on parts of East and Southeast Texas from Tuesday 08 March, 2016. By 16 March, the Sabine River at Deweyville had reached record levels. Major disaster declared for Louisiana Parishes of Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, Webster, Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, DeSoto, LaSalle, Livingston, Madison, Natchitoches, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Union, Vernon, Washington, West Carroll and Winn.

Magnitude

Rainfall level
366.78 mm in 24 hours
Taylortown, Bossier Parish, Louisiana - March 8 to March 9, 2016

Damages

Buildings damaged
6,143
Louisiana
Fatalities
4 people
Louisiana
Evacuated
4,255
Louisiana

Flood Summary

Last updated: August 19, 2016
Event
Louisiana, USA, August 2016
Date
August 12, 2016
Type
Flash flood, River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
A slow moving low pressure system dumped high levels of rain in a relatively small area in southern Louisiana from 12 August 2016.

Locations

A - Ascension
B - East Baton Rouge
C - East Feliciana
D - Iberia
E - Iberville
F - Livingston
G - St. Helena
H - St. James
I - St. Tammany
J - Tangipahoa
K - Washington
L - Lafayette
M - St. Martin
N - West Baton Rouge

Magnitude

Rainfall level
434 mm in 24 hours
Livingston - August 12 to August 13, 2016
Rainfall level
299 mm in 24 hours
Baton Rouge - August 12 to August 13, 2016
Rainfall level
283 mm in 24 hours
New Iberia - August 12 to August 13, 2016
Rainfall level
202 mm in 24 hours
Lafayette - August 12 to August 13, 2016

Damages

Fatalities
13 people
August 12 to August 16, 2016
East Baton Rouge Parish – 5 Tangipahoa Parish – 3 St. Helena Parish – 2 Livingston Parish - 2 Rapides Parish - 1