President Obama signs La. disaster declaration for Jan. flooding

Published: Feb. 22, 2013 at 3:39 PM CST
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January flooding in Denham Springs, LA
January flooding in Denham Springs, LA

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists in Louisiana because of the flooding in January. The President ordered Federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by the storms and flooding that happened January 8-17, 2013.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe storms and flooding in the parishes of Acadia, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Evangeline, Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Livingston, Madison, St. Landry, and Vermilion.

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Gerard M. Stolar as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

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