President Trump approves emergency declaration in Louisiana ahead of Delta

.(Susan Walsh | AP)
Updated: Oct. 7, 2020 at 9:46 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards requested a pre-landfall Federal Declaration of Emergency in a letter to President Donald J. Trump Wednesday, Oct. 7 in anticipation of Hurricane Delta. The president approved the emergency declaration later in the night.

The hurricane is currently forecast to make landfall along the Louisiana coast Friday as at Category 2 or 3 storm.

The president’s action authorizes FEMA to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

Public Assistance Category B emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, will be provided for the parishes of Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Catahoula, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Livingston, Lafayette, Lafourche, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.

Public Assistance Category B emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, will be provided for the parishes of Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, De Soto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, La Salle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Union, Vernon, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn.

Click here to read the full details from the White House.

On Tuesday, Gov. Edwards declared a state of emergency for Hurricane Delta, allowing the state to begin its preparations and to assist local governments as they respond.

“Hurricane Delta is a dangerous storm that will bring strong winds, heavy rain, life-threatening storm surge and flooding to coastal Louisiana, and I am hopeful President Trump will quickly approve my request for a federal emergency declaration,” Gov. Edwards said. “Already, we are coordinating with our federal partners to respond, as we have been since the start of the COVID pandemic in March and through several tropical events, including the devastation of Hurricane Laura in Southwest Louisiana. All Louisianans should use today to prepare for Hurricane Delta, heeding the direction of their local leaders when it comes to evacuations.”

Click here to read the governor’s letter to the president.

Gov. Edwards also declared a state of emergency Tuesday, Oct. 6 ahead of Hurricane Delta. Click here to read the declaration.

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