- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - President Barack Obama has declared an emergency in Louisiana in areas affected by flooding that occurred Dec. 28 through Feb. 1.

Obama signed the declaration Friday. It authorizes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts in the parishes of Concordia, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, St. Mary, Terrebonne and West Feliciana.

Former Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Dec. 30 as the state prepared to deal with high water on the Mississippi and Red rivers, as well as other waterways.

The White House, in a news release, said FEMA is authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Those measures will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

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