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La. had around $8.7 billion in flood damage, governor says

Last month’s historic floods cost more than $8.7 billion in damage, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said, according to The Associated Press. According to the report, that number will rise as public officials continue to assess the damage caused by the flood.

“While short-term relief for immediate needs available through FEMA for items such as temporary rental assistance, essential home repairs and other disaster-related needs are greatly needed and greatly appreciated, our full recovery will not be realized without additional help,” Edwards said in a letter to President Barack Obama, according to The AP.

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