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Gov. Edwards requests major disaster declaration following Hurricane Delta

Staff Report
Governor John Bel Edwards

Governor John Bel Edwards has requested an expedited Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Delta.

Edwards is asking for emergency protective measures (Category B) and debris removal (Category A)and Individual Assistance (IA) for Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion Parishes.

The following was released Oct. 22

These areas received damages from both hurricanes Laura and Delta with a six-week period.

“Hurricane Delta made landfall around six weeks after and 13 miles from where Hurricane Laura hit, devastating many of the same communities twice over. The people of Southwest Louisiana are strong and resilient, but they need our help to rebuild their communities and recover their livelihoods,” Gov. Edwards said. “I also met with the FEMA administrator this week and discussed the need to address the complications and financial challenges following these back to back storms.” 

A Major Disaster Declaration can only be requested following a disaster. The Governor previously declared a state of emergency and requested a Federal Disaster Declaration, which President Trump approved. Louisiana also has a declared federal Major Declaration for Hurricane Laura, which impacted many of the same communities as Hurricane Delta. 

Hurricane Delta made landfall in Louisiana on Friday, October 9, as a strong Category 2 hurricane, bringing with it severe storm surge and damaging winds. In addition, Louisiana is still recovering from Category 4 Hurricane Laura and is in the midst of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Governor is requesting FEMA Public Assistance (for governmental and public entities) Categories A and B for debris removal and emergency protective measures and FEMA Individual Assistance (for people impacted by the storm) for the five parishes directly in path of Hurricane Laura and their residents.  After further assessments are completed, additional parishes will be requested.

To date, FEMA has put more than $170 million in the hands of survivors, more than $116 million for housing assistance and $55 million for other needs assistance. FEMA has registered 207,015 households.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) opened a Business Recovery Center (BRC) in Lake Charles to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by Hurricane Laura. To make an appointment call 337-433-3632 or apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has already approved more than $309 million in low interest loans to help Louisiana hurricane survivors recover.

The deadline to register for disaster assistance for damages that are a direct result of Hurricane Laura is Oct. 27.

  • Residents in St. Landry Parish who still need to register for federal assists for Hurricane Laura have a new drive-thru Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Eunice that opened today.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) continue to install blue roofs as well as reinstall temporary roofs damaged by Hurricane Delta. Eligible homeowners must live in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis or Vernon parishes. 
  • Call888-766-3258 to sign-up for a new temporary roof. Residents can also sign up for the program with a computer or smart phone at: www.usace.army.mil/blueroof. This is a free service to homeowners. The deadline to sign up is Oct. 24.