WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) released the following statement after President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Louisiana, authorizing federal funds to help Bossier, Caddo, Grant, Natchitoches and Red River Parishes recover from the Red River flooding:
“The President’s major disaster declaration means additional resources will help families, businesses and roads recover from the Red River flooding faster and more effectively. We are grateful for the state and local first responders and volunteers who have done an incredible job helping their neighbors. I will continue to work with the Louisiana delegation and community leaders to help these resources get to those who need them most.”
Dr. Cassidy urged President Obama last week to declare a major disaster following Governor Jindal’s request for assistance. He visited the flooded areas to survey the damage with Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington, Shreveport Mayor Ollie Tyler and meet with and help volunteers. He also joined Senator David Vitter and Representatives John Fleming and Ralph Abraham in questioning federal agencies on their inaccurate cresting predictions for the Red River, which crested 3 feet higher than expected and resulted in flood damage across Northwest Louisiana.