President Obama declared a state of emergency in Louisiana on Monday as that state and others along the Gulf Coast prepared for Tropical Storm Isaac. But the Associated Press reports that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is not totally pleased with the White House’s response.
The declaration provides federal support for public health and safety and to preserve property in coastal areas.
Jindal, a Republican, in a letter late Monday to the Obama administration said that the declaration fell short of the help he was requesting.
“We appreciate your response to our request and your approval,” Jindal wrote. “However, the state’s original request for federal assistance …. included a request for reimbursement for all emergency protective measures. The federal declaration of emergency only provides for direct federal assistance.”
The governor said the storm is forecast to strengthen to a Category 2 hurricane “and squarely impact the state of Louisiana.” He said the state has already spent about $8 million on a variety of “emergency protective measures.”
The AP said that the White House did not respond immediately to requests for comment on Jindal’s letter.
Jindal, who had been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, is skipping the gathering to stay in Louisiana as his state braces for Isaac. Four years ago he missed the convention because of Hurricane Gustav.