There is a dire need for federal appropriation of supplemental disaster relief funding for Southwest Louisiana.
Over the past 15 months, the region has been impacted by five federally declared disasters: COVID – 19, Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Delta, Winter Storm Uri and massive flooding in May 2021. No other community in the United States has gone through such a string of disasters.
Homes and businesses throughout the community remain in various states of devastation, some still untouched since August 27, 2020, when Hurricane Laura’s 150-mile-per-hour winds cut a path of destruction through the region. Hurricane Laura was the fifth strongest hurricane to hit mainland United States in modern history; the strongest to hit the State of Louisiana in 150 years.
Disaster Aid Press Conference - 07.27.2021:
The devastation to the region impacted every facet of life in Southwest Louisiana - homes, schools, businesses, hospitals, electrical grid, water supply and more. More than 1.5 million evacuated ahead of the storm and thousands are still displaced because their homes remain in disrepair. Businesses can’t fully recover when workers aren’t able to return to their community.
It is unacceptable that American citizens still await assistance more than 300 days post-disaster. In the past, this type of supplement relief has been awarded in a much shorter timeframe.
Every day that goes by without this needed relief is a day that Washington DC continues to fail the people of Southwest Louisiana.
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