Louisiana’s top recovery official said today he has “every reason to believe” the state will receive the money it needs to recover from widespread flooding last year, as leaders piece together a plan for rebuilding with fewer dollars than they say are necessary.
Pat Forbes, executive director of the state’s Office of Community Development, outlined the most updated version of the plan to spend the $1.6 billion already allocated to Louisiana for flood recovery. That money, which is allocated by Congress and administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is less than the nearly $4 billion Gov. John Bel Edwards requested from Congress.
“We think we have a real strong case for the funding,” Forbes said after speaking to the Press Club of Baton Rouge today.