Poll finds more people affected by flood than we thought
Posted on 5/25/2017 4:47:00 AM.

More people may have been affected by the Great Flood of 2016 than we thought, according to a recent LSU survey. Dr. Michael Henderson with the LSU Public Policy Research Lab says 18 percent of residents took on water during the March and August floods. He says 30 percent of workers were also impacted.

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North Louisiana flood victims still recovering one year later
Posted on 3/8/2017 8:31:00 AM.

One year ago today, heavy rains began pouring down along I-20, causing widespread flooding. The flood prompted a federal disaster declaration for 37 parishes. Congressman Ralph Abraham says he’s frustrated federal money has yet to make it to flood victims who are rebuilding their homes.More

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FEMA tells more than 1200 Denham Springs residents they may have to raise their homes
Posted on 10/3/2016 11:58:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Hundreds of Denham Springs residents in Livingston Parish who flooded in August could be forced to elevate their homes. Mayor Gerard Landry says about 1200 residents were informed by mail over the weekend that initial FEMA assessments show the structure was "substantially damaged" by the flood.
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Congress to consider $500 million federal disaster aid package
Posted on 9/22/2016 1:55:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
US Senator Bill Cassidy announced today that Louisiana has been included in a bill that contains $500 million dollars in federal disaster relief. The Governor requested $2.8 billion. Cassidy referred to the half billion as a down payment.
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Repairs completed at four Shelter At Home households
Posted on 9/15/2016 10:46:00 AM.

Construction has only been completed on four flood victims’ homes as part of the new Shelter At Home program. Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor’s Office, Julie Baxter Payer, says she expects that number to rise quickly over the next few days. She says with so many people registered for the program, it’s taking a while to get to them all.

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Gov Edwards to meet with President, Congress in Washington
Posted on 9/8/2016 6:38:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is traveling to Washington, D.C., today to meet with federal officials about getting more assistance for Louisiana flood victims. Edwards says his office now has a better understanding of the flood damage and an idea of how much money it will take to repair it all. He says they are asking for $2 billion to help flood victims rebuild their homes.

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NOAA researchers say climate change contributed to flood
Posted on 9/7/2016 12:37:00 PM.

NOAA Researchers say the 1,000-year flood that devastated south Louisiana last month may have been intensified by climate change. State climatologist Barry Keim did not participate in this report, but says there are some consistencies between the massive rain event and climate change.

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Kennedy urges legislators to suspend tax increase for flood victims; Morrell says idea is
Posted on 8/31/2016 1:40:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
State Treasurer John Kennedy urges lawmakers to consider suspending the one cent sales tax increase for flood victims rebuilding their homes. He said the state should not reap a financial windfall from people's tragedy, when they'll have to pay an extra penny on items needed to rebuild their lives.
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6,300 people applied for Shelter At Home on first day of registration
Posted on 8/30/2016 11:03:00 AM.

According to the Governor’s Office, 6,300 people applied for the Shelter At Home Program on the first day of registration. The Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Julie Baxter Payer, says the program awards up to $15,000 for basic homes repairs, so people can get back into their homes as quickly as possible.

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Congressman Graves not pleased with FEMA's slow disaster housing aid
Posted on 8/30/2016 6:49:00 AM.

US Representative Garrett Graves of Baton Rouge toured the flood devastated areas of the state with Florida Congressman John Mica, and Mica then criticized FEMA for being slow to get people into temporary housing units. Graves says they understand there are 1,300 FEMA manufactured homes available around the country, but as far as he knows only one has been set up in Louisiana.

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