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Governors of 5 states, including La., send letter to Congress asking for disaster assistance

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Gov. John Bel Edwards is one of five governors requesting disaster assistance from Congress.

Edwards and the governors of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia sent a letter to the House of Representatives and Senate.

"As Governors of five states hit with catastrophic disasters within the last year, we write to request the inclusion of disaster relief funding in the upcoming Continuing Resolution to be considered by Congress," the governors said in the letter. "There is an urgent need to provide relief for the families and individuals who have been impacted and the help of the federal government is critical. For families and communities across this country working to rebuild from these disasters, the recovery timeline does not wait for congressional appropriations or the federal funding process. In each of our states, our people need your assistance today."

Click here to read the entire letter

The money is for families affected by the historic floods in Louisiana and those struggling to recover after Hurricane Matthew hit the East Coast.

Edwards is requesting a little more than $2 billion, following an initial appropriation of $1.6 billion.

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