In A Flash

White House amends Louisiana’s Hurricane Laura disaster declaration

By: - February 22, 2021 1:55 pm
A damaged home is seen after Hurricane Laura passed through the area on Aug. 27, 2020 in Lake Charles

A damaged home is seen after Hurricane Laura passed through the area on Aug. 27, 2020 in Lake Charles. The hurricane hit with powerful winds causing extensive damage to the city. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that President Joe Biden has “made additional disaster assistance available” to Louisiana by “authorizing an increase in the level of federal funding for Public Assistance projects undertaken in the State of Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Laura during the period of August 22 to August 27, 2020.”

According to FEMA, during the original declaration made Aug. 28, the day after the storm, “federal funding was made available for Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, and Other Needs Assistance at 75 percent of the total eligible costs.”

The amended declaration means “the federal share for Public Assistance, including direct federal assistance, has been increased to 90 percent of the total eligible costs, except for assistance previously authorized at 100 percent.”

Hurricane Laura, which made landfall in Cameron Parish on Aug. 27 as a Category 4, was the most powerful storm to make ever make landfall in the state. At is peak, 18,213-plus Louisiana residents forced out of their homes by Laura were living in some kind of shelter.

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