Biden Admin OKs Gov. Edwards' Request For More Hurricane Assistance

Hurricane Ida Makes Landfall In Louisiana Leaving Devastation In Its Wake

Michael Szeplaki helps to clean up his family's vacation house in the wake of Hurricane Ida on September 4, 2021 in Grand Isle, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

The Biden administration is approving Gov. John Bel Edwards' request for more federal funds to help Louisiana residents recover from Hurricanes Ida and Laura.

The governor's office was advised Friday night that the White House approved an increase in FEMA assistance for Ida survivors to 90% for the overall federal cost share.

The administration also approved an extra 15 days at 100% federal funding for debris removal and emergency protective measures for those affected by Laura last year and Ida last month.

“I am grateful to Pres. Biden and his administration for approval of this cost share adjustment that will continue to provide much needed assistance in the many areas of our state that have been devastated by both of these major storms,” said Gov. Edwards. “It is a meaningful and important step to help communities across our state recover as much work remains to be done. Thousands of Louisianans have been deeply impacted by Hurricanes Ida this year and Laura last year, and it will take local, state and federal partners working together to help our communities rebuild stronger.”

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