Pat Forbes

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Two years ago, tens of thousands of homes in southeast Louisiana were flooded by historic rainfall. Recovery continues, but fewer homeowners than anticipated are applying for financial assistance from the state. Capitol Access caught up with Pat Forbes, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, to discuss what’s been done and what’s left to do.

Jacob Bernstein, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, on his analysis of the offshore networks uncovered by the Panama Papers. Bernstein will also comment on the friction between the media and the White House and the mantra of fake news from President Trump. Also, Pat Forbes, executive of the Office of Community Development, and Keith Cunningham, executive director of the Louisiana Housing Corporation, on the comeback from the historic flood of 2016.

Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes talks about work remaining in the aftermath of the 2016 flood.


86 thousand homes in Louisiana had damage from flooding last year, and state recovery officials are working to distribute federal recovery dollars to flood victims. In order to find out who flooded and how badly, the state set up a survey; only 31 thousand households have filled it out.

courtesy: Louisiana Wildlife Federation

Recent partisan criticism of the time it’s taken for the governor’s office to get a flood recovery plan in place has been duly noted, and is being answered today.