Five parishes that were impacted by flooding from the Red River have been declared a federal disaster area. The declaration means federal dollars will be available to local government agencies in Caddo, Bossier, Grant, Natchitoches and Red River.
Director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Kevin Davis says police, fire and public work departments who had paid overtime during the disaster will benefit from this assistance. Davis says whether individual citizens affected by the flood will be eligible for federal aid, is still being determined.
"There is no rules and regulations on individual assistance that says if you meet this criteria then you automatically get it. It's strictly their determination if they want to give I.A."
Damage from the Red River flood was estimated at more than 17 million dollars. Hundreds of home were flooded in the Caddo and Bosier Parishes. Davis says when they looked into personal damage assistance they found most residents had insurance, which could effect if this type of aid will be approved.
"So that may give us some heartburn as they make a decision on individual assistance but hopefully we'll know shortly."