Gov. Edwards' request for Lincoln, Morehouse, and Union disaster declaration approved

The Louisiana governor's office says President Donald Trump has approved Gov. John Bel Edwards' request for a federal disaster declaration for Lincoln, Morehouse, and Union parishes. (Photo: Jessica Torricelli / KNOE)

MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Louisiana governor's office says President Donald Trump has approved Gov. John Bel Edwards' request for a federal disaster declaration for Lincoln, Morehouse, and Union parishes. The request was made after tornadoes in April hit the area, doing more than $12 million of damage. Two people were killed. Louisiana Tech University was also affected.

The following is from the governor's office:

The approval covers Public Assistance (PA) costs in the impacted areas. The purpose of the PA Grant Program is to support communities’ recovery from major disasters by providing them with grant assistance for debris removal, life-saving emergency protective measures, and restoring public infrastructure. Local governments, states, tribes, territories, and certain private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.

The request for Individual Assistance for homeowners is still under review.

“We appreciate President Trump’s approval of assistance related to this devastating tornado outbreak, which took two lives and caused millions in property damage. We are optimistic he will also approve support for our homeowners who suffered damage or lost their homes,” said Gov. Edwards. “We continue to work with our partners at FEMA and in local government on the recovery process and will do everything we can to assist affected citizens.”