Federal Aid for Louisiana After Tornadoes
On Feb. 7, at least seven tornadoes tore through southern Louisiana, damaging dozens of homes, cars, and businesses. The worst of the devastation was reported in New Orleans East, where buildings were ripped from foundations and power lines were strewn across roadways.
Tornadoes also touched down near Donaldsonville, Killian, and Ponchatoula, according to the Storm Prediction Center. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency. President Trump approved Edwards’ request that he declare a federal state of emergency.
Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has issued Emergency Rule 32, which extends previous emergency rules. The rule gives disaster-affected policyholders more time to pay insurance premiums. It concerns cancellations, terminations, non-renewals, and non-reinstatements of insurance policies and also gives insureds more time to comply with other policy provisions. The Federal Emergency Management Agency agreed Saturday (Feb. 11) to send federal aid to Orleans and Livingston parishes. A disaster recovery center opened Monday, Feb. 13, in Orleans Parish to assist Louisiana tornado survivors.
In addition, FEMA has announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Oklahoma to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by a severe winter storm from January 13-16, 2017.