NOTICE: WASHINGTON PARTISANSHIP DOOMS EARLY FLOOD RELIEF PACKAGE. CALL FOR UNITED ACTION. Joel Robideaux, Mayor-President Lafayette Consolidate Government

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NOTICE: WASHINGTON PARTISANSHIP DOOMS EARLY FLOOD RELIEF PACKAGE. CALL FOR UNITED ACTION.

A partisan disagreement over the interim spending bill being considered by Congress has resulted in the removal of the $500 million Congressional appropriation for Louisiana and other federal disasters. The measure has failed to pass out of the U.S. Senate, leaving flood survivors without much needed relief.

The proposed funding, included in a stopgap bill aimed at preventing a government shutdown, was intended for states which have suffered major natural disasters this year, the bulk of which was expected to go to Louisiana as a “down payment” towards its damage estimate. The media reported early on that the proposal had opposition by some members of Congress for failing to include money to help Flint, Michigan repair its lead-tainted water system. It is disappointing that a partisan disagreement has resulted in denial of prompt recovery assistance for Louisiana, a state that has suffered the largest natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy. I will continue working with the Governor, our congressional delegation and Louisiana stakeholders to get the resources we need as soon as possible.

As outlined in the proposal, the relief aid was to be distributed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which called the flooding in Louisiana the most significant of the 26 major presidentially declared disasters this year. While damages specific to Lafayette Parish are still being calculated, more than 9,000 households within the parish have registered for FEMA assistance. According to the Office of the Governor, Louisiana has sustained more than $8.7 billion in damage due to the devastating flooding.

I recently visited with federal officials and members of the Louisiana congressional delegation in Washington D.C. to advocate for flood recovery assistance. Last week, HUD announced that Lafayette will receive an early infusion of $1.9 million flood recovery aid. This targeted funding is provided under HUD’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program to fill immediate shortfalls by flood survivors. CDBG grants are provided to cities or counties working to provide decent housing and a suitable living environment for low- to moderate-income residents, and communities that also work to expand economic opportunities for its citizens. #RecoveringTogether


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