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Governor Edwards: FEMA assessments to begin quickly

Posted at 10:39 AM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 11:40:40-04

On Monday Governor Edwards addressed the state of emergency in Franklin during a press conference, declaring recovery is the focus now.

Theresa Trosclair lives in St. Mary Parish, on of the hardest hit areas. She said, "I hope they can help us with anything they can."

"I mean the whole bedroom ceiling, some for the wall because it dripped down the walls, the floors, the floors are already starting to buckle up." Trosclair said Barry ripped apart half of her roof, exposing her home to rain.

Edwards announced during his press conference FEMA assessments will begin.

"You're going to have people on the ground here, not today but very quickly, to assess the damage." Edwards said during the press conference.

For residents like Trosclair, "I wish they would be out here today. I don't think they know how bad it actually is. No one expected this much water."

James Waskom with Homeland Security Emergency Preparedness says, they must meet several requirements for the assistance.

"Like the governor said, on the public assistance side, and the individual side, there's some thresholds we have to meet on the federal side to get those requirements."

The American Red Cross started their emergency assessment early Monday.