Louisiana will receive another $51.4 million in federal flood recovery dollars raising the state's total allocation to about $1.7 billion, according the U.S. Housing and Urban Development.
Even with this most recent appropriation, Louisiana is left with less than half of the total dollars Gov. John Bel Edwards and the Congressional delegation have requested for flood victims.
The state was already allocated about $1.6 billion in federal funds in response to the the 2016 floods in north and south Louisiana, which destroyed thousands of homes and businesses.
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Edwards had previously traveled to Washington D.C., requesting an additional $2 billion to rebuild the state's infrastructure and provide more aid for home owners.
Earlier this month, it became clear Louisiana wasn't going to get anywhere close to its full ask. Congress set aside $400 million to be divided among states who are recovering from recent natural disasters. But it wasn't clear until Thursday what share Louisiana would receive.
The $51 million appropriation is less than 3 percent of what Louisiana leaders are requesting in additional aid.
"From the governor's perspective, anytime we can touch more homeowners it's a good thing, but this still leaves us with significantly less than what the state needs, even by HUD's own projections," said Richard Carbo, Edwards' spokesman. "The governor will keep going back to Congress to prove our needs are still not met here, but that is not to say we are not grateful."
Louisiana will not receive the new allocation immediately. It still has to go through a federal approval process, including an action plan that lays out how the funds will be spent.
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U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, is working on a bipartisan amendment to the bill to increase the $400 million total and lay the ground work for additional funding in the appropriations bill expected in September, according to his office.
The state estimates that it still needs another $1 billion for homeowner assistance, $125 million for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete the Comite River Diversion project and $86 million in social services funding to address the health and mental health needs of the communities affected by the floods.
State leaders have approved putting about $1.3 billion of the money recently received toward the homeowner programs, which are expected to be running later this month.