On behalf of the Louisiana Municipal Association, Mayor Barney Arceneaux, who serves as LMA president, spent a few moments with President Barack Obama on the tarmac in Baton Rouge as he prepared to tour flood ravaged areas of south Louisiana on Aug. 23.

While speaking with the President on behalf of the City of Gonzales and the LMA, Arceneaux informed him that mayors are working well together with parish, state, and federal counterparts. He specifically requested that the president ensure that critical funding for public and individual assistance is provided in a timely fashion. Arceneaux reports that the president was pleased to know that the governmental units are cohesive and said that he would do all that he could to fulfill the government's responsibility for helping Louisiana communities recover. 

“This flood did not discriminate and there’s not a segment of our existence that has not been touched by this disaster,” Arceneaux said. “Schools, churches, businesses, agriculture, infrastructure, livestock, pets, rich, poor, black, white, male and female. Most of us know at least one person who has lost everything and that is the unfortunate common thread that holds us together. I am encouraged and inspired by our resilient human spirit. LMA will do our part to make sure that we come back stronger than ever and I am pleased that the president understands and pledged to support the needs of local government.”