Gov. Edwards’ request for Hurricane Zeta major disaster declaration approved by White House


A large tree limb, which snapped as Hurricane Zeta moved through New Orleans, rests on power lines in the city’s Carrollton neighborhood on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WDSU) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ announced Tuesday that his request for a major disaster declaration due to damage in Louisiana from Hurricane Zeta has been approved by President Donald Trump.

This will help provide direct assistance to those people and communities impacted by the storm. Hurricane Zeta made landfall in Lafourche Parish on Oct. 28 as a very strong Category 2 system with sustained winds of at least 110 mph, higher wind gusts and heavy rainfall.

In addition, some areas hit by Zeta are also still recovering from Category 4 Hurricane Laura, Category 2 Hurricane Delta and the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The declaration includes this specific support:

INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE (Assistance to individuals and households):

Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes.

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities):

Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and St. Charles parishes for Public Assistance Category A (debris removal).

Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana Parishes for Public Assistance Category B (emergency protective measures), including direct Federal assistance.

HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM (Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards):

All areas in the State of Louisiana are eligible for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

Note: Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

“We appreciate President Trump’s approval for this assistance. Hurricane Zeta was the third storm within two months to wreak havoc on communities in Louisiana. Many areas were already in the process of rebuilding from damage by two earlier storms,” said Gov. Edwards in an issued statement. “Zeta brought considerable damage to the impacted areas. This will allow the state and our federal partners to continue assisting families with recovery from these events.”

A major disaster declaration can only be requested following a disaster. The Governor previously declared a state of emergency on Oct. 26 and a total of 21 parishes declared states of emergency in preparation for Zeta.

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