Task Force


Gov. John Bel Edwards created the Restore Louisiana Task Force to oversee the recovery process after historic flooding in March and August 2016. The Task Force has the following responsibilities:

  • Establish and recommend to state and local agencies the priorities in developing plans for recovery and redevelopment. These priorities focus on six areas – housing, economic development, health and social services, community planning and capacity building, infrastructure and natural and cultural resources.
  • Coordinate with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Office of Community Development, and the affected parishes and municipalities to develop data about the ongoing needs for recovery.
  • Coordinate with state and local governments, as well as the federal delegation, to help identify additional sources of federal funding, such as Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds.
  • Establish a federal and state legislative agenda for the recovery effort and coordinate with various governments to implement the agenda.
  • Work with parish and local governments, as well as GOHSEP, in obtaining available funding through federal programs, including the so-called Stafford Act that makes money available when a presidential disaster declaration is made.

To view the resolution, click here.

Governor Edwards thanks the following members of the Restore Task Force for their service during the recovery following the Great Floods of 2016:

  • Roland Dartez
  • Jimmy Durbin
  • Michael Faulk
  • John A. Gallagher
  • Rowdy Gaudet
  • Edward “Ted” James
  • Chip Kline
  • Adam Knapp
  • Dan W. “Blade” Morrish
  • Dave Norris
  • Michael Olivier
  • Don Pierson
  • J. Rogers Pope
  • Sean Reilly
  • Dr. James A. Richardson
  • Joel Robideaux
  • Robert E. Shadoin
  • Dr. Mike Strain
  • Ollie Tyler
  • Dr. Shawn Wilson
  • Jacqui Vines Wyatt
  • Randy Clouatre


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