President Obama signs disaster declaration for parts of Louisiana

Published: Mar. 13, 2016 at 9:32 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 13, 2016 at 11:31 PM CDT
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WASHINGTON, DC (WVUE) - President Obama declared Sunday that parts of Northern Louisiana a federal disaster area and said more areas could be added.

The White House ordered federal aid to help state and local recovery efforts after severe storms and flooding started on March 8.

The declaration made federal funds available for people in the following parishes: Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Webster, according to a release from the White House Press Office.

The money can be used for grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help people and business owners recover from storms.

Federal funding also is available to the state and some local governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and hazard mitigation measures statewide.

FEMA continues to survey damage in other areas, and more parishes. Additional assistance could be provided once assessments are completed.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated parishes will be allowed to begin applying for assistance Monday by registering online or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.  The toll-free telephone numbers will be open from 7 am to 10 pm seven days a week until further notice.

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