Baton Rouge - Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved the state's Action Plan for the first appropriation of flood recovery dollars from the historic floods of 2016. The first appropriation was for approximately $438 million.
"This is great news for the nearly 200,000 families who were impacted by historic floods in 2016," said Gov. Edwards. "We know we still have a long way to go, but this is reassuring for families and businesses who are ready to rebuild their homes. I want to thank both the Obama and Trump Administrations for their assistance, as well as the entire Louisiana congressional delegation for working with me to make this possible. We are extremely grateful to HUD for such a quick review of the Action Plan and their continued assistance. Louisiana is still in need of additional assistance, and we will continue to work with the administration and congressional delegation to make it happen."
In the letter approving the action plan, HUD commends the state of Louisiana for its commitment to increasing the speed of recovery and outlines the "historically fast Action Plan submission," among other things.
Gov. Edwards has made six trips to Washington to lobby for flood relief for citizens impacted by the historic floods in March and August of 2016. In total, the state is requesting $3.7 billion in assistance. A second appropriation for assistance was granted in December 2016. The Action Plan amendment for that allocation of assistance is currently pending HUD approval.