Ascension Parish is among three parishes that on Wednesday Gov. John Bel Edwards asked to be added to the list of federal disaster areas due to flooding from last week’s severe storms.
Edwards made the request of President Barack Obama for Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu parishes. The Governor’s Office said the three parishes together had more than 900 homes damaged by high water.
“As the high waters recede and officials continue assessing the flood damage statewide, I will continue to request that additional parishes be covered by the federal declaration,” Edwards said in a statement Wednesday. “I promise to do everything I possibly can to get much-needed resources, state and federal, to every parish and person impacted by this life-changing event.”
If granted, the federal declaration will provide residents and local governments with individual and public assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The public aid includes paying for debris removal and what’s known as emergency protective measures, which includes federal assistance to local governments.
The Governor’s Office said that as a result of the high water, debris is piled on streets, highways and waterways in the three parishes.
Ascension Parish government officials have refused to say how many homes were flooded in the storms while damage assessments were still underway, though some Parish Council members said they believed the number to be limited.
Twenty-three other parishes in Louisiana have been declared federal disaster areas, including Livingston, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany and Washington parishes.