Gov. Edwards requests federal disaster assistance for Lincoln, Morehouse and Union Parishes


BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of the Governor) - Gov. John Bel Edwards on Tuesday evening sent a request to the White House for a federal disaster declaration for Lincoln, Morehouse and Union Parishes. The request is following devastating tornadoes in late April, which killed two people and left a trail of more than $12 million of damage, including impacting Louisiana Tech University.

“In addition to the tragic loss of a mother and her son, the communities impacted by the tornadoes have sustained millions of dollars in damages and hundreds of homes have been affected. While I am proud of the hard work the people have put in to support clean up operations and begin the process of rebuilding, federal assistance is necessary to for them to be able to fully recover,” Gov. Edwards said.

The request covers damage on April 24 and 25 and is for Morehouse, Union and Lincoln Parishes. The tornadoes killed two people in Lincoln parish. In total, 206 homes in Louisiana had major damage or were destroyed. Preliminary assessments show more than $12 million in damage across these three parishes. The Governor is requesting both FEMA Public Assistance and Individual Assistance.

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