Gov Edwards recommends expanding homeowner assistance program
Posted on 8/18/2017 3:38:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has recommended expanding the homeowner assistance program to help more flood victims. The proposed changes include boosting rant amounts and including homeowners who had flood insurance.
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John Bel Edwards, flood recovery, homeowner assistance program

One year later, flood recovery still ongoing
Posted on 8/11/2017 2:56:00 AM.

One year ago today, torrential rains began pouring down on south Louisiana. By the time the rain stopped ten days later, 20 parishes had been declared federal disaster areas, and 13 people lost their lives. Livingston Parish was one of the most devastated, with 75 percent of the homes deemed a total loss. Parish President Layton Ricks says the parish is making a good comeback.
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Small business owners slow to complete flood recovery survey
Posted on 8/7/2017 2:26:00 PM.

Small business owners impacted by the 2016 floods are not completing the flood recovery survey as quickly as state officials had hoped. Economic Development Manager Lasonta Davenport with the Office of Community Development says they’re asking small business owners to complete the survey so they can assess the needs in the state.
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Lasonta Davenport, Restore Louisiana, small businesses, flood recovery

State officials go door to door to promote flood recovery survey
Posted on 7/17/2017 2:53:00 AM.

State officials are ramping up efforts to boost participation in the flood recovery survey. Pat Forbes with the Office of Community Development says they started with emails and phone calls and moved on to PSA’s and billboards. He says now they’re taking the survey to the ground level and going door to door.
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Farmers, ranchers eligible for flood recovery grant
Posted on 7/1/2017 4:52:00 AM.

Farmers and ranchers who were impacted by last year’s floods could be eligible for recovery grants. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says the state has $10 million to help affected farmers. He says it is part of the $1.6 billion Congress appropriated for flood recovery.

“In order to qualify you have to be in one of the 51 parishes that was declared a disaster as a result of the flooding,” Strain said.
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US Rep Graves files bill to give flood victims financial relief
Posted on 6/13/2017 4:52:00 AM.

Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves files legislation aimed at providing financial relief to 2016 flood victims. Graves says even after Congress appropriated billions of dollars for flood recovery, there are thousands and thousands of flood victims who are far from whole following the floods.
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Garret Graves, flood victims, flood recovery, taxes

Flood victims finally receive federal aid
Posted on 6/2/2017 5:43:00 AM.

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.
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Coach O to voice flood recovery PSA
Posted on 5/15/2017 11:52:00 AM.

LSU’s head football coach Ed Orgeron is helping spread the word about how flood victims can get federal assistance. The governor’s spokesperson Richard Carbo says Coach O said he wants to be as helpful as possible during the recovery process. The newly-minted head coach will be the voice of PSAs about the ongoing recovery efforts.
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U.S. Senators Kennedy and Cassidy push for additional dollars for flood recovery
Posted on 4/21/2017 10:06:00 AM.

U.S. Senators John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy met with a Trump administration official this week about providing Louisiana an additional $2-billion in federal flood aid. Kennedy says they asked the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, to include the $2 billion in a budget bill that needs to pass to keep the federal government running through September.
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John Kennedy, The Great Flood of 2016, Congress, flood recovery

Feud continues between Gov Edwards, US Rep Graves
Posted on 4/20/2017 12:36:00 PM.

Even after the state finally gains access to federal flood recovery dollars, the feud continues between Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican Congressman Garret Graves. Graves said recently that he would resign if the federal government was the hold up in dispersing the funds.
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John Bel Edwards, Garret Graves, flood recovery, federal aid

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