President approves Gov. Edwards emergency disaster request

Food Store engulfed in floodwaters in New Orleans. With more rain in the forecast and city water pumps malfunctioning after weekend floods New Orleans' mayor is urging residents of some

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards asked Trump for assistance on Sunday, citing the National Weather Service's warning that expected rainfall could pose "serious danger to life and property of the citizens of our state".

President Trump on Monday issued a federal emergency declaration for Louisiana, as officials grappled with the devastating floods and heavy rains associated with Hurricane Harvey.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency projects the amount available for disaster relief will be about $1.5 billion by September 30, considerably less than what Texas and Louisiana are expected to need in the aftermath of Harvey. "So, we're setting up and gearing up for the next couple years". As Director, he served as the State Coordinating Officer for 14 disasters, including eight presidentially-declared events.

Amid massive flooding in the states of Texas and Louisiana during Hurricane Harvey, the U.S. is set to deploy hundreds of additional federal staff. The Gulf Coast is kind of like the top minor-league level for recruiting FEMA administrators.

In 2005, President Bush, while touring Katrina destruction, infamously praised Brown. Trump's May budget recommendation included cuts for some of the agency's disaster mitigation programs. The chaos at the Superdome, the sluggish delivery of food and water to the city's refugees, and the infighting between federal, state and local officials made Katrina an object lesson in how not to handle a disaster. The storm has already left several dead. Hoover, a Stanford-trained engineer and mining executive, had come to national prominence for his work leading refugee relief during World War I and then in its aftermath, when President Woodrow Wilson put him at the head of America's food-relief efforts.

President Obama's appointee to lead FEMA, Craig Fulgate, was credited with reforming the agency.

FEMA says it had 900 Urban Search and Rescue personnel "working to save lives" in south Texas as of Sunday, part of an overall force of more than 1,800 employees. Any presidential objectives that Texas Governor Greg Abbott might be nursing will surely be gauged by his response to Harvey.

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