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Scalise Leads Delegation in Letter to President Biden Requesting Major Disaster Declaration for Hurricane Ida

August 29, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today led the Louisiana Congressional Delegation in writing a letter to President Biden requesting approval for a major disaster declaration for Louisiana following Hurricane Ida's landfall as a catastrophic Category 4 hurricane.

You can find the text of the letter below, and click here for a PDF of the letter.


“We write today in support of the request for a major disaster declaration made by Governor John Bel Edwards for Hurricane Ida, which made landfall in southeast Louisiana on August 29, 2021.

“As you know, Hurricane Ida first formed as a Tropical Storm in the Caribbean Sea on August 26, 2021, before undergoing a period of rapid intensification and making landfall as a Category 4 Hurricane in Southeast Louisiana. The storm brought with it life-threatening storm surges, devastating rainfall, and 150 mph sustained winds that has caused widespread damage. This all comes as the state continues to deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Specifically, the Governor has requested Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Categories A (debris removal) and C-G (permanent work) for the following 25 parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. We also ask that you grant the Governor’s request for statewide assistance.  

“Again, we ask for your swift consideration and approval of this major disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana so that we can begin the process of recovery.”

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