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102,000 Louisiana flood victims register for federal aid

Gov. John Bel Edwards called the visit by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump helpful in spotlighting the state's emergency.

By Ed Adamczyk
102,000 Louisiana flood victims register for federal aid
Petty Officer 1st Class Bradley Poen, a boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River, searches for people in distress in a flooded area of St. Amant, La., on August 16, 2016. Floodwaters have receded in many parts of the state. Photo by Melissa Leake/U.S. Coast Guard/UPI | License Photo

SORRENTO , La., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- More than 102,000 Louisiana residents affected by last week's floods have registered for federal aid, the governor's office said.

Richard Corbo, communications director for Gov. John Bel Edwards, said $30 million in federal funding has been approved to repair and replace thousands of homes and buildings damaged by the flooding.

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The flood, which killed at least 13 people, is receding, with parishes across the state varying in their recovery efforts.

Parts of Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension parishes are well into cleanup efforts, although western Ascension and St. James parishes are contending with standing water. Pickup of curbside debris was expected to begin Monday in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes, and Tuesday in East Feliciana, west Feliciana, East Baton Rouge, Ascension and St. James parishes, the state Department of Transportation and Development announced Saturday.

Interstate highways throughout the state are open. Six of 1,200 inspected bridges are closed for emergency repairs, the state Highway Department said.

In Sorrento, an Ascension parish town particularly hard-hit, Mayor Mike Lambert said the town's sewer system was closed to assess flood damage in order to have a clearer picture of what repairs are needed.

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"I wouldn't live here right now. We have no sewage," Lambert said.

Speaking on CNN's State of the Union Sunday, Edwards, a Democrat, called a weekend visit by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump helpful "because it helped to shine a spotlight on Louisiana and on the dire situation that we have here."

President Barack Obama is expected to visit the flood-stricken area Tuesday.

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