President Biden approves Louisiana disaster declaration


    An oak tree weighed down with ice brought down a street light when it toppled during Monday's winter storm. (Photo by Jarvis DeBerry / Louisiana Illuminator)

    President Joe Biden made a major disaster declaration for Louisiana and ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms Feb. 11 to 19, the administration announced Tuesday.

    “We appreciate President Biden’s approval for this assistance. Winter weather events on this magnitude or not a common for Louisiana,” Gov. Edwards said in a press release Tuesday. “These storms brought considerable damage to the impacted areas. This will allow the state and our federal partners to continue assisting families with recovery from these events.”

    The declaration makes federal funding available to affected residents in Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Webster, West Carroll and Winn parishes.

    According to a press release from the administration, “Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.”