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Living in Limbo: Post-Flood Housing Needs

Sep 6, 2016
FEMA.gov

More than 135,000 south Louisiana households have applied for FEMA assistance, and the latest estimate of damaged homes exceeds 85,000. That was before six more parishes were added to the disaster declaration last Friday.

Hotel rooms are full; apartments are hard to find; and people are living with family and even in tents in their front yards.

It's Official: Wettest August On Record

Sep 5, 2016
Rick Portier

Now that it’s September, it’s official. State climatologist Barry Keim says August 2016 is Louisiana’s wettest August on record – due to the mid-month event that caused historic flooding.

LSU AgCenter

In addition to the flooding damage done to our homes, landscapes have also been impacted. Flooding primarily impacts landscape plants by saturating the soil.

Plant roots obtain the oxygen they need from the air spaces in the soil. When these spaces are filled with water for an extended period, the roots are deprived of the oxygen they need and they may drown.


Full FEMA Award? It Takes A 'Bundle'

Sep 2, 2016
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More than 135-thousand south Louisiana households have applied for FEMA assistance thus far. But many of those who’ve received their awards already are – shall we say? – disappointed.

“When FEMA first come in and announced $33-thousand, that’s what people heard.,” state Senator Bodi White complained. “It’s that one line soundbite, and everything else, they don’t hear that. And, you know, it’s not true.”

PSC Calls For Answers On Cell Phone Outage

Sep 1, 2016
Wallis Watkins

Sunday morning, August 14th, you awaken to find water rising in your home. You reach for your cell phone to call for help and – no service.

“You can’t get help. You’re looking for family members. You have to find a place to stay. You need transportation, and on, and on, and on,” Public Service Commissioner Lambert Boissiere recounted during Wednesday’s PSC meeting.

As South Louisiana settles into recovery mode following historic flooding, the State Bond Commission met Tuesday to talk about Louisiana’s fiscal situation. 


Louisiana To Seek More Flood Recovery Help

Aug 29, 2016
fema.gov

Governor John Bel Edwards meets with the entire Louisiana congressional delegation today, discussing the need for a supplemental federal appropriations bill for flood recovery.

Helping Businesses Get Back On Solid Ground

Aug 26, 2016
Sue Lincoln

“This is not the Katrina SBA.”

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet was in south Louisiana Thursday, helping turn attention to assistance for businesses impacted by the flood.

Post-Flood Housing Help Not One Size Fits All

Aug 25, 2016
Sue Lincoln

For those displaced by the flooding rains earlier this month, housing help won’t be FEMA trailers exclusively – or at all. Wednesday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced an array of options being offered in partnership with FEMA.

whitehouse.gov

President Obama arrived in Baton Rouge Tuesday, just over one week after south Louisiana was overwhelmed with historic flooding.  


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