The Louisiana floods last month caused a $8.7 billion in damage, a number that is expected to increase as officials continue to take stock of the damage, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced this week.
Edwards’ office revealed the estimated cost of the flooding damage Saturday when it released a copy of a letter the governor sent President Obama earlier this week.
The governor’s letter to Obama asked for a “very reasonable” $2 billion in federal aid, and said it would be the bare minimum necessary to help the state recover from a flood that claimed the lives of 13 Louisianans.
“While short-term relief for immediate needs available through [Federal Emergency Management Agency] for items such as temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs and other disaster-related needs are greatly needed and greatly appreciated, our full recovery will not be realized without additional help,” Edwards’ letter read. – READ MORE