President approves Gov. Edwards emergency disaster request

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - President Donald Trump has approved a request by Gov. John Bel Edwards declaring an emergency disaster for Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vermillion parishes, the governor's office reported Monday morning.

Here is a copy of the statement released by the White House:

Today, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency exists in the State of Louisiana and ordered Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal, and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey beginning on August 27, 2017, and continuing.

Edwards sent a letter to Trump on Sunday, requesting he declare an Emergency Disaster effective August 27 for the State of Louisiana as a result of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.

The state will request additional parishes be added to this request as warranted.

"Tropical Storm Harvey is causing severe damage along the Gulf Coast, and we are expecting significant damage in Louisiana, particularly in Southwest Louisiana," said Gov. Edwards. "The state is taking the necessary steps to provide assistance to those citizens that need it most, but we anticipate needing additional support from the federal government. For the last week, FEMA has been on the ground with Louisiana, and we are grateful for the administration's support as this storm continues to make its way into Louisiana."

The National Weather Service predicted Southwest Louisiana will see 10 to 20 inches of rain between Sunday and Monday. Central Louisiana will receive one to five inches of rain, and South Central Louisiana will receive two to eight inches of rain.

Significant lifesaving efforts such as search and rescue, transportation to shelters, logistical support, and shelter operations will be particularly needed in parts of Southwest Louisiana and can be supported by the federal government with an emergency declaration.

The complete text of the letter is available below.

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