Governor John Bel Edwards announces President Donald Trump approved his request for a Major Disaster Declaration following Hurricane Laura's devastation to Southwest Louisiana.
On Friday, President Trump notified Governor Edwards and the governors of neighboring states of his decision to approve their disaster declaration.
“I appreciate President Trump’s quick action on my request for a Major Disaster Declaration, which will pave the way for getting aid to individuals and communities impacted by Hurricane Laura in Louisiana,” said Governor Edwards in statement release Friday evening. “The devastation and damage stretch from Southwest Louisiana all the way through North Louisiana, with more than a half a million power outages remaining, tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes and, sadly, at least 10 lives lost.”
Speaking at FEMA Headquarters in Washington D.C. Thursday, President Trump said, “I’ve signed emergency declarations for Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi."
“I’ve spoken to all the governors, and we’ve worked everything out for the federal government to be very, very efficient and be very aggressive in getting everything back and going, and going as it should,” said the President.
Acting United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, also speaking at FEMA Headquarters Thursday said, “I think you’ve heard Administrator Gaynor — I know the Vice President — time and time again: The best response to a disaster is one that is locally executed, state managed, and federally supported, and thankfully, we have very strong partners, both with Governor Abbott and Governor Edwards, in this fight to respond.”