Trump declares emergency for Louisiana over Harvey-related flooding

US President Donald Trump has declared a state of emergency for Louisiana as the state braces for flooding from the powerful Hurricane Harvey approaching from neighboring Texas, where it has killed several people and crippled the city of Houston.

Trump’s action on Monday will make available federal assistance for the state, where severe flooding from Harvey is expected, and allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

Trump plans to go to Texas on Tuesday to survey the storm damage, a White House spokeswoman said on Sunday.

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards had asked Trump for assistance on Sunday, citing the National Weather Service’s warning that coming rainfall could pose “serious danger to life and property of the citizens of our state.”

“I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective recovery is beyond the capabilities of the state and…

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