WASHINGTON, D.C. (KNOE 8 News) – U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) sent a letter to President Obama requesting him to make a presidential disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana as a result of historic flooding along the Red River that has caused more than $17 million of estimated damage to farms, businesses, and homes along the river. Vitter’s letter is in support of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s request for a presidential disaster declaration.
“Communities along the Red River, especially Shreveport and Bossier City, have suffered considerable damage as a result of the continuing flood the past two months, and I’ve asked that President Obama grant Louisiana’s disaster declaration request in order to expedite the needed assistance to the region,” Vitter said.
Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance has been requested by the State for the following parishes: Caddo, Bossier, Grant, Natchitoches, and Red River.
On June 9, 2015, Vitter toured the damage and brought various federal agencies, including the Small Business Administration, to observe the damage to help in their assessments.
The text of Sen. Vitter’s letter is below.
July 7, 2015
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500
Dear President Obama,
Since May 18, 2015, Louisiana has suffered historic flooding along the Red River causing considerable damage to families, homes, and businesses. In particular, the City of Shreveport in Caddo Parish and Bossier City in Bossier Parish were severely impacted by the flood. Governor Bobby Jindal has declared a state of emergency for the affected areas and has asked for a major disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana. I would like to express my support for the state’s request and ask that you expedite the much-needed assistance to Louisiana.
The impact and damage from the Red River flood is widespread. Nearly 90,000 acres of crops and have been damaged with losses estimated at $7 million. This flood event has also caused major disruptions to commerce and transportation. Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) findings amount to a total of $17,209,157.74. These are just a few examples of the severe damage caused by this flood.
Specifically, I ask that you support the state’s request to provide a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Public Assistance, categories A-G, for the following parishes: Caddo, Bossier, Grant, Natchitoches, and Red River. I also request that you support the state’s request to provide Individual Assistance for Caddo and Bossier parishes and that hazard mitigation assistance is provided statewide to support the citizens of Louisiana.
I look forward to working with you in any way possible to help the residents of the affected areas in their time of need, and intently await your response.
United States Senator
CC: Hon. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency