President Biden approves Louisiana Disaster declaration

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President Joe Biden speaks at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021, in Arlington, Va.( Biden on Tuesday will take part in a remembrance of one of the nation’s darkest _ and largely forgotten _ moments of racial violence, marking the 100th anniversary of a massacre in Tulsa, Oklahoma that wiped out a thriving Black community. AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- President Biden declared that a major disaster exists in the state of Louisiana and has ordered federal assistance to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding from May 17 to May 2021.

Federal funding will be available to individuals in the following parishes:

  • Ascension
  • Calcasieu
  • East Baton Rouge
  • Iberville
  • Lafayette

The assistance includes grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated parishes can begin applying for assistance by registering online at or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA(3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice. 

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