Gov. John Bel Edwards’ request for a Major Disaster Declaration due to damage in Louisiana from Hurricane Zeta has been approved by President Trump. This will help provide direct assistance to those people and communities impacted by the storm. Hurricane Zeta made landfall in Lafourche Parish on October 28 as a very strong likely Category 3 system with sustained winds of at least 110 mph, higher wind gusts, and heavy rainfall. In addition, some areas hit by Zeta are also still recovering from Category 4 Hurricane Laura, Category 2 Hurricane Delta, and the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
What does that mean for the Plaquemines Parish Government and the residents of Plaquemines Parish? Individual assistance will be available to residents via an SBA Loan (See attached) at this time. The SBA has opened up Virtual Recovery Centers starting today, Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.