It’s been over nine months since the flood waters rose across south Louisiana, and federal flood recovery dollars appropriated by Congress are finally getting into the hands of flood victims. Nick Speyrer with the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program says Governor Edwards passed out the first handful of reimbursement checks to those who already completed their rebuilding.
“We’re also beginning to provide checks that will allow new construction to take place on homes. It’s the start of a very important process, and we look forward to serving about 36,000 homeowners in this program in the months and years to come,” Speyrer said.
Speyrer says flood impacted homeowners have several options in this program. He says flood victims who have completed construction can be reimbursed, and those who have not can get federal dollars to pay for rebuilding. He says there’s another option for those who do not have their own contractor.
“They could actually, once we get through the eligibility process, have the state’s contractors, construction companies that are working for the state, to actually go in and rebuild their house,” Speyrer said.
Checks are currently going out to flood victims in Phase I of the program, which includes uninsured low to moderate income households with elderly or disabled residents who lived outside the floodplain. Speyrer says over 2,000 families have already qualified for Phase I, and from there assistance will go to other flood victims.
“We’ve got additional phases that don’t necessarily have a qualifier for low to moderate income but first focus on the 10 most impacted parishes that were hit real hard by the 2016 floods,” Speyrer said.
Speyrer says the first step for flood victims to receive federal aid is to complete the survey at restore.la.gov.