Louisiana Declared Disaster Area Due to Flooding
I guess we got off easy last week when the torrential rains forecast for this area failed to materialize, but it looks like where not out of danger. All that water that fell in the Shreveport-Bossier area has to go somewhere and it looks like this area will get some flooding as that water makes it's way to the Gulf of Mexico.
Flooding has already been reported in the Starks and Merryville areas forcing cancellation of classes for the day at both High Schools and the boat launch at Niblett's bluff was completely underwater as of Sunday night.
Now, President Obama has officially declared the state a disaster area as that flooding continues to make it's way through Southwest Louisiana. That official declaration will bring with it federal aid that will be available to residents and businesses effected by the flood waters.
Right now, that flooding is causing problems in Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Webster parishes, but as the water moves South, more parishes will be added to the list. Now that FEMA is involved, temporary housing, money for home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other forms of aid will be available.