Sen. Kennedy statement on president’s granting major disaster declaration for Louisiana

Buildings and homes are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020,...
Buildings and homes are flooded in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, near Lake Charles, La.(David J. Phillip | AP)
Published: Aug. 28, 2020 at 6:08 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 28, 2020 at 9:45 PM CDT
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The following was provided to us by the Office of Senator John Kennedy:

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s granting a major disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana.

“I’m thankful that President Trump has acted so quickly to help Louisianians recover and rebuild. The damage that Hurricane Laura has done to our state is breathtaking. I was able to get a bird’s eye view of the impact on Lake Charles today, and much of the area is still underwater. Even in the middle of great suffering, though, our people are tough, and our people are grateful for this aid,” said Kennedy.

Earlier today, Kennedy joined the Louisiana delegation in asking the president for a disaster declaration. The declaration releases funds for individual assistance, in order to help people and communities recover from damage that occurred during Hurricane Laura, from August 22 to August 27, 2020.

Kennedy, Louisiana delegation ask president to grant major disaster declaration

MADISONVILLE, La. – Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) joined Reps. Ralph Abraham (R-La.), Garret Graves (R-La.), Clay Higgins (R-La.), Mike Johnson (R-La.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and Steve Scalise (R-La.) today in asking President Donald Trump to issue a federal disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana. The request comes as a result of severe damage caused by Hurricane Laura.

“We write to you today in support of a major disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Laura. The damage caused by this storm will have long-lasting effects on the people of Louisiana and its economy,” wrote the lawmakers.

On August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura made landfall in Cameron Parish and moved through northern Louisiana with winds over 100 miles per hour.

“With the issuance of a major disaster declaration, and the authorization of public and individual assistance, the full weight of the federal government can be deployed into the affected areas to assist those in need and begin rebuilding,” they continued.

The letter is available here.

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