In pursuit of Hurricane Laura disaster relief, Lake Charles mayor goes to Washington

LAKE CHARLES — Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter is visiting Washington this week in pursuit of federal disaster relief that officials in southwest Louisiana say is desperately needed and increasingly urgent as rebuilding sputters nearly 11 months after Hurricane Laura devastated the region.

Hunter arrived in the nation’s capital on Tuesday and will remain until Friday to hold a range of meetings, including at the White House, in his continuing bid to obtain disaster relief for a severe housing shortage and other needs in the wake of Laura, the most powerful storm to make landfall in Louisiana since 1856.

The disaster was compounded by Category 2 Hurricane Delta, which followed a similar path around six weeks later, as well as a fierce winter storm in February and major flooding in May. The pandemic has also complicated rebuilding efforts, particularly due to the heightened cost of rebuilding materials.

“We continue to receive comments of support and gestures of support,” Hunter said by phone from Washington. “But at this juncture, we need more than warm words and pats on the back. We need a materialization of aid. We need a tangible result.”

Supplemental federal disaster relief is commonly distributed to areas hit by major catastrophes, and officials in southwest Louisiana have grown desperate in their pleas for assistance. Legislation must be passed to allocate the funding and can be initiated by the White House or members of Congress.

It is Hunter’s first visit to Washington since … Continue Reading Full Story >>>

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