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Year-end Federal Flood Relief Falls Short For Louisiana

The contents of a flooded home in East Baton Rouge.
Jessica Rosgaard
The contents of a flooded home in East Baton Rouge.

Louisiana’s second flood recovery funding request has fallen short on Capitol Hill.

Legislation currently under consideration in Congress will fund the federal government through the end of April. It includes $1.4 billion in flood relief for Louisiana.

That’s a little more than half of what Governor Edwards was expecting from this funding bill -- set for a vote by the end of this week.

The Governors office says they’re not discouraged by the amount, pointing instead to the quick appropriation of $438 million dollars in September that allowed the state to move forward on recovery plans.

In a statement, Senator Bill Cassidy called the funding “an important next step” towards getting residents lives back on track.

A spokesperson for Edwards said the Governor is prepared to lobby for more funding in the spring - with continued support from the Louisiana delegation - under a Trump administration.

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