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Singing the Year Away

Dec 23, 2016
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2016 was the year that kept on giving -- giving all of us in Louisiana some real grief. Yet rather than bring you down with the usual “year in review”, here’s a way to laugh -- about my singing, at least. So, with apologies to the composer of “12 Days of Christmas”, here it is:


The Louisiana Office of Community Development has wrapped up a series of seven meetings in flood-affected regions of the state. The meetings offered residents an opportunity to learn about allocation plans for the initial $438 million installment of federal flood recovery funding. At a meeting in Baton Rouge many attended hoping they'd find help, but left disappointed.

Thousands of Louisiana flood victims are still living in hotels as part of FEMAs Temporary Shelter Assistance program.

On the list of FEMA relief options, the hotel vouchers are meant as a short-term solution -- but four months later, it's still the only option for many people who can't return home.

Community meetings are scheduled in seven parishes across Louisiana through December 20th.

Residents will have an opportunity to review proposed flood recovery programs, and talk to officials in charge of coordinating the recovery efforts.

Hosted by the Louisiana Office of Community Development, the meetings are part of a public comment period for the state’s action plan, which includes assistance programs for homeowners, renters, and small businesses.

Public meetings are scheduled as follows:

“What Would Happen If We ‘Cajunized’ It?

Dec 13, 2016
Sue Lincoln

Congressman Garret Graves of Louisiana’s 6th District is frustrated with the pace of flood recovery.

“Government has a fundamental customer service problem,” he told the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday. “What would happen if we ‘Cajunized’ it?”


Louisiana’s second flood recovery funding request has fallen short on Capitol Hill.

Legislation currently under consideration in Congress will fund the federal government through the end of April. It includes $1.4 billion in flood relief for Louisiana.

Jesse Hardman

Back in August, just after the historic floods, Louisiana officials expressed concern that proposed federal and state disaster recovery funds might not be enough. With deadlines for flood assistance programs passed, or looming, affected residents are learning the math of getting back on their feet.


U.S Senator David Vitter

The Restore Louisiana Commission second meeting began with some good news about federal flood aid.

“We’ve gotten about $438-million dollars in the initial down payment,” U.S Senator Bill Cassidy told the group charged with coordinating flood recovery spending.

Sue Lincoln

It’s been nine months now since Governor John Bel Edwards was inaugurated. At a Business and Industry Leaders luncheon Tuesday in Baton Rouge, he reflected on all that has happened in Louisiana since then. 


Prospects Good for More Federal Flood Aid

Oct 5, 2016
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“Without question, we deserve a good bit more funding than has been provided.”

Louisiana 6TH District Congressman Garret Graves is talking about federal funding for rebuilding from the August flood. He's frustrated by what went down before Congress recessed last week, authorizing less than $500-million for Louisiana's needs.

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