Disaster declaration for Louisiana approved for May floods

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks to reporters at a briefing on the state’s efforts against the coronavirus pandemic in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s administration has approved the state’s request for a major disaster declaration after flash flooding in mid-May damaged several thousand homes and left five people dead.

Edwards says residents in five parishes; Ascension, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Iberville and Lafayette; are now eligible to apply for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Edwards said the quick approval of his request will go a long way to help thousands recover.

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