FEMA official: Unprecedented Louisiana flooding affecting many uninsured, but federal help available _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- From left, Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard Major General Glenn Curtis, Gov. John Bel Edwards, FEMA Region 6 Regional Administrator Tony Robinson and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate talk after a press conference about the recent severe weather and flooding in Louisiana at the GovernorÕs Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).

U.S. Sen. David Vitter has scheduled a Congressional hearing on the federal response to the floods that have left 13 people dead and thousands of people displaced in Louisiana.

Vitter, a Republican who chairs the Senate Small Business Committee, has confirmed that SBA Administrator Maria Conteras-Sweet will testify. He has also asked FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and HUD Secretary Julian Castro to attend.

All three have visited the state in the weeks since floodwaters washed over thousands of homes across South Louisiana. Twenty parishes have received federal disaster declarations.

According to a new release from Vitter, members of the committee will examine the initial response to the disaster and discuss the federal resources that are available. They also will explore coordination efforts between the SBA, FEMA and HUD and how recovery efforts can be most effective.

The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. (Central) on Sept. 15 in room 428A of the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.

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