Gov. Edwards appeals White House denial of major disaster declaration

Updated: Apr. 22, 2016 at 10:31 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Gov. John Bel Edwards wants President Obama to rethink the White House's denial of a major disaster declaration in connection with tornadoes that hit the state in February.

"Because the tornadoes on February 23 were so severe and the scope of their damage so sweeping, recovery efforts have overwhelmed the capacity of State and local resources," said Gov. Edwards in a letter sent to the president on April 22. "Supplemental federal assistance is necessary to aid the efforts and available resources of the State and local governments, disaster relief organizations, and compensation by insurance for disaster-related losses."

The National Weather Service confirms 13 tornadoes touched down in Louisiana on February 23. Parishes hit include St. John the Baptist, St. James and Assumption. The tornadic activity marked the worst recorded outbreak of tornadoes to hit the state in one day.

The White House has not responded yet to the governor's request.

To read the governor's letter, click here.

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