Greater Shreveport Chamber joins Chambers across the state in encouraging federal funding for Lake Charles community

The Greater Shreveport Chamber has joined numerous chambers across the state as part of the Help Southwest Louisiana Now initiative to encourage the government to provide federal disaster relief to the Lake Charles community.

After five federally declared disasters: COVID-19, Hurricane Laura, Hurricane Delta, Winter Storm Uri and massive flooding in May 2021, the community has yet to receive any federal relief. The initiative calls upon President Biden and Congress to provide federal disaster relief on behalf of the business community of Southwest Louisiana.

“As citizens of Louisiana, we know all too well the impact that natural disasters can have on our communities. Last year’s unprecedented sequence of events coupled with a global pandemic have left our colleagues and friends in Southwest Louisiana devastated and without relief.” stated Dr. Timothy Magner, President of the Greater Shreveport Chamber. “We join with others across the state to ask for targeted federal relief to help this uniquely hard-hit community get back on its feet.”

It has now been over 334 days and counting since Hurricane Laura. The average amount of time for funding received since Hurricane Katrina is just 69 days.

“In the past 15 months, the Southwest Louisiana region has been impacted by four federally declared weather disasters. This is simply unprecedented. As residents and employers work to rebuild and recover it is critical that Congress and the administration ensure an appropriate level of federal disaster relief is available without delay. The US Chamber urges President Biden and Congress to do so now for Southwest Louisiana.” said Neil Bradley, Executive Vice President, Chief Policy Officer of the U.S. Chamber.

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