Gov. Edwards pens letter to President-elect Trump

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday, requesting to speak with him about Louisiana's flood recovery efforts.

In the letter, Edwards once again thanked Trump for visiting south Louisiana in August, saying it brought "some of the needed national attention" to areas impacted by the historic flooding.

"I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to speak to you about how your administration can assist Louisiana as we rebuild," Edwards said.

So far, Louisiana has secured $438 million in Community Development Block gr ants (CDBG) from the federal government.

Edwards was in Washington, D.C. Wednesday and Thursday, hoping to lay the groundwork for additional funding. He is requesting $4 billion in CDBG dollars.

"I am confident that we will be able to demonstrate to you the importance of these funds to Louisiana and how they will be used to help families return to their homes and communities," Edwards wrote.

Between the March storm in the northern part of Louisiana and the August flooding in the Baton Rouge area, 57 parishes were included in a major disaster declaration. More than 100,000 homes and 6,000 businesses were damaged in the flooding.

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In the letter, Edwards also congratulated the president-elect on his victory.

"As evidenced by the results in Louisiana and across the country, you and your campaign captured a spirit of change that demands we do better for our citizens," he wrote.

Edwards was not always so complementary of the GOP candidate turned president-elect.

When asked about him potentially becoming the nominee back in May, Edwards said, "It's hard for me to believe that's the best we can do."

Below is the full letter that Edwards sent to Trump:

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