President Biden approves emergency declaration for Louisiana


Several carports collapsed at the Town Oaks South apartment complex off Youree and Bert Kouns Wednesday morning under the weight of ice and snow continuing to pile up as a second round of winter weather moves through the region.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KARD/KTVE) – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced President Joe Biden has approved a Federal emergency declaration for the State of Louisiana in response to the recent severe winter weather event.

The emergency declaration will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide emergency protective measures for mass care and sheltering and direct federal assistance under the Public Assistance program at 75 percent federal funding. The assistance is for all 64 parishes in Louisiana.

“I’m thankful to the Biden administration for a swift response to my request as our state continues to deal with the bitterly cold temperatures as well as power and water outages that are causing extreme challenges for so many of our citizens and have already claimed three lives,” said Governor John Bel Edwards. “While the second storm has passed through our state, unfortunately, some areas are still facing freeze warnings and we will not begin to truly thaw out until the latter part of the weekend. That is why this assistance from our federal partners is critical.  It will help provide much needed relief.  This has been a very tough week. In addition to dealing with the historic weather, we are still battling the pandemic.  Although our resilience is being tested once again, we are going to get through this. I want to encourage everyone to continue to heed the warnings of your local officials, be very careful in supplementing heat to your homes, be vigilant when you get on the roadways and pay close attention to the weather forecasts where you live.”  

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