Governor John Bel Edwards will be in Acadiana today to speak with local officials about the recovery process form the historic flooding. One of his stops will be in the town of Youngsville. Mayor Ken Ritter says the flood devastated the Lafayette parish town. He says the silver lining is that they have a strong community, and what was a rescue mission has moved quickly into recovery.
“We have already removed nearly 1,400 tons of storm related debris from some of our hardest his areas,” Ritter said.
Ritter says over 600 homes were affected by the storm, and most of the affected areas are not in flood zones. He says this poses a serious problem for many of their young residents who didn’t have flood insurance.
“They’ve simply done what they’ve been told to do, and they didn’t know that flood insurance was really something that they should purchase,” Ritter said.
Ritter says their focus now is helping those people without insurance who may have just lost their first home. He says the community is coming together to help these people rebuild, and they’re hoping for more federal assistance.
“We’re optimistic that FEMA and the feds can offer some sort of assistance to enable these residents to get back on their feet,” Ritter said.
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