Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is asking President Obama to declare a federal disaster declaration following the January flooding.
"I request that you declare a Major Disaster for the State of Louisiana and for twelve (12) parishes for Public Assistance and ten (10) parishes for Individual Assistance as a result of severe weather and flooding. This severe weather event began on January 8, 2013 and continued until January 17, 2013 due to an unusual weather pattern consisting of a combination of warm and cold fronts that stalled over the State creating extended periods of torrential downpours. The State of Louisiana, its public infrastructure, and the lives and property of its citizens were negatively impacted by the heavy rains, subsequent flooding, and rivers that overflowed their banks as a result of this incident."
Jindal has asked for public assistance be provided for 12 parishes: Acadia, Concordia, Evangeline, Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Livingston, Madison, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermillion.
He also asked for individual assistance be granted for 10 parishes: Acadia, Concordia, Evangeline, Franklin, Jefferson Davis, Livingston, Madison, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermillion.