BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Friday asked President Joe Biden to declare a federal disaster for the state after severe weather and flash flooding caused damage to at least 2,000 homes.

Edwards’ request is for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for five parishes, Lafayette, Ascension, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge and Iberville.

Such help from FEMA includes housing and other needs.

Edwards declared a state of emergency for the disaster on May 17.

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