Trump Declares Emergency for Louisiana as State Braces for Hurricane Harvey

FEMA Preparing For Years Of Harvey Relief

Brock Long, the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is getting ready to face one of the toughest challenges of his career - coordinating the federal response to the damage done by Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

John Bel Edwards' Federal Emergency Declaration request for Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vermillion Parishes and ordered Federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey beginning on August 27, 2017, and continuing.

Federal officials declined to estimate how many homes had been damaged or how much the storm may cost. "FEMA's director Long also added to NBC that, "...

"We know that the predicted rainfall from Hurricane Harvey will produce unsafe flooding across our state, including some of the same areas affected by the 2016 floods", Edwards wrote.

"We are not out of the woods yet, not by a long shot", Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said at a news briefing early on Monday.

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-priced loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

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"With the conveyer belt of moisture continuing northward, additional area rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 inches (25 to 38 centimeters) is expected across southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana, with 5 to 10 inches (12 to 25 centimeters) expected across Central and South Central Louisiana through Thursday afternoon", forecasters said in a Monday morning update.

The number could grow as the slow-moving storm remained a threat after spending days over Houston.

Louisiana lawmakers, including Gov. John Bel Edwards, teamed up to successfully push for more federal aid to help with recovery efforts from last year's devastating floods. "The budget also eliminates funding for an ongoing effort to improve and redraw the nation's flood maps".

Texas has more than 230 shelters housing some 30,000 people, he said.

"We'll make sure that the folks in southwest Louisiana have the resources they need to rebuild and recover, " he said.

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