Oversight of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Response to the Baton Rouge Flood Disaster

Hearing Date: September 9, 2016 8:30 am 2154 Rayburn HOB


  • To examine the extent of damage to the region, oversee the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) recovery efforts and identify areas for improvement.


  • Between August 12 and August 13, 2016, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and surrounding parishes experienced rainfalls up to 31 inches, which resulted in disastrous levels of flooding and 13 deaths.
  • President Barack Obama issued a Major Disaster Declaration on August 14, 2016 for 20 parishes in South Louisiana.
    • Over 128,000 households have registered for FEMA assistance.
    • Impacted households may be eligible for financial assistance from FEMA ranging from temporary rental costs, repairs to homes, and costs toward replacement homes.


Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
Mr. Tony Robinson Regional Administrator Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Honorable Jr. Shelton Mayor Central, Louisiana Document
The Honorable Gerard Landry Mayor Denham Springs, Louisiana Document
The Honorable Rick Ramsey Mayor Walker, Louisiana
The Honorable John Edwards Governor Louisiana Document