Louisiana flood victims end aid lawsuit against Trump, HUD

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A submerged vehicle is seen in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, U.S., August 15, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman – RTX2L1P6

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – Two Louisiana homeowners who sued the Trump administration over federal policies that stalled grants for 2016 flood victims have dropped their lawsuit.

The administration has since released regulations allowing the homeowners to receive aid.

Court documents show a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit Friday at the request of homeowners Jeffry and Amanda Meyer, whose Livingston Parish home was destroyed in the August 2016 flood.

The Meyers took out a $280,500 disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration. They were then unable to access a federal disaster grant program because receipt of both a disaster loan and grant was deemed a federal benefits duplication.

Congress changed the law in October so SBA loans wouldn’t count against the grants. HUD didn’t issue legal guidance to match the law changes until June.

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