LIVINGSTON – A major disaster declaration Sunday evening by President Barack Obama for Livingston and four other parishes capped a weekend that brought some of the worst flooding ever to the area.
The Presidents’ action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Livingston, East Baton Rouge, St. Tammany, St. Helena and Tangipahoa.
More than 20 inches of rain in less than 48 hours brought widespread flooding throughout Livingston and other parishes in southeast Louisiana.
Floodwaters dropped considerably in the northern end of the parish late Saturday, but flooding remains a huge problem for Denham Springs and Walker.
The Amite River at Denham Springs crested early Sunday morning at 36.09 feet, and will remain in moderate flood stage until Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The southern end of the parish – Port Vincent, French Settlement and Maurepas – could endure severe flooding Monday when Amite Rivers crests at 12 feet above flood stage, once floodwaters from St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes reach the area.
Harrell strongly recommended evacuation throughout the south end of the parish.
Obama also ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the storms and flooding beginning Aug. 11, 2016 and continuing.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs low-cost loans to cover uninsured property loss and other programs to hel0 individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding is also available to the state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work as a result of the flooding in the above-listed parishes.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.