WASHINGTON — Louisiana will get nearly $438 million in aid to help flood-damaged communities rebuild, federal housing officials announced Thursday.

The money from the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program is nearly 90 percent of the $500 million Congress approved last month for Louisiana and other flood-damaged states. President Obama signed the measure into law on Sept. 29.

“Today, we make a critically needed investment to helps these communities recover and help families rebuild their homes," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro said in a statement.

The money will help flood-damaged communities in Louisiana, Texas and West Virginia. Louisiana will get $437.8 million, Texas $45.2 million and West Virginia $17 million.

ov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana lawmakers lobbied Congress for recovery money after the August floods, which killed 13 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes and businesses. They plan to push for more money when Congress returns after the Nov. 8 elections.

“This is a great down payment so Louisiana families can get assistance to start moving back into their homes," said Republican Sen. David Vitter.

Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy called the money "a great start."

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