Provide Aid for Victims of Louisiana Floods

El Reno, OK 8-20-07
Talia Hubbard looks at her flooded home she had to leave in the middle of the night when flood waters rose rapidly from Tropical Storm Erin.  FEMA has grants and other aid available to help flood victims recover under FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program.   
Marvin Nauman/FEMA photo

Target: Barack Obama, President of the United States

Goal: Support flood victims by approving $2 billion relief package.

Historic flooding in Louisiana has devastated the state, causing $15 billion in damages. Countless homes have been destroyed, and federal support is desperately needed for this monumental disaster.

In meeting with aid brokers over two days, Governor John Bel Edwards pleaded his case for assistance. Edwards insisted that current relief efforts were insufficient, and the state could not heal without an immediate influx of money. “Simply put, we cannot recover without it,” the governor told a House subcommittee hearing.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has offered $660 million in public relief efforts, but this figure is not enough. Residents are fighting to survive on a daily basis as they battle hunger and sickness caused by mold contamination. Louisiana will not recover unless more aid is given. Sign the petition below and demand further assistance to the beleaguered people of this state.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Obama,

I am writing to express my concern about the recent floods in Louisiana. Occurring in a region that had never experienced such destruction, these floods have devastated homes and caused extensive damage. Recent estimates estimate the cost of the damage at $15 billion, but that number could rise as the state reels in the wake of this destruction.

FEMA has already pledged $660 million in support, but this figure is simply not enough. Governor John Bel Edwards has proposed a $2 billion relief package, and I urge you to give your support to this proposal. Countless homes have been destroyed, and newly homeless residents are hungry, sick, and scared. Please ensure that these citizens receive the aid that they so desperately need.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Marvin Nauman

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