LA (STL.News) Gov. John Bel Edwards’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration due to damage in Louisiana from February’s winter weather event has been approved by President Joseph R. Biden. A system of heavy rains, wintry precipitation, and freezing temperatures began moving across Louisiana on February 11, 2021, and a second, similar system, followed on February 17, 2021. The impacts of the wintry precipitation and low temperatures, some of the lowest ever recorded in the region, posed a serious threat to the lives and property of the people of Louisiana. There were major power outages and outages to water systems, impacting roughly one-quarter of the Louisiana population.
“We appreciate President Biden’s approval for this assistance. Winter weather events on this magnitude or not a common for Louisiana,” said Gov. Edwards. “These storms 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.”
The Major Disaster Declaration includes this specific support:
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE (Assistance to individuals and households):
Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Catahoula, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Baton Rouge, Franklin, Grant, LaSalle, Madison, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides, Red River, Richland, Sabine, Webster, West Carroll, and Winn Parishes.