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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.

Governor Hopes to Break Even, Despite the Odds

Oct 12, 2016
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
graves.house.gov

“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.

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.


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