|Posted on 4/18/2017 11:48:00 AM.|
Columbia Senator Neil Riser sponsors a bill that would exempt flood victims from state income tax for the 2017 year.
Under Riser's proposal, the first $100,000 of income that a family earns this year would be exempt from the state income tax if the family sustained $10,000 or more of losses during 2016 flooding. $50,000 if filing single.
|income taxes, neil riser, flood victims|
|Posted on 4/1/2017 6:19:00 AM.|
The online donation campaign CrowdRelief is working to replace items families lost in the floods. Founder Rob Gaudet says all the household items that were piled up on the side of the road after the flood need to be replaced.
|Rob Gaudet, CrowdRelief, flood victims, flood recovery, donations|
|Posted on 3/18/2017 5:58:00 AM.|
The Office of Community Development is seeking new offers from firms that can oversee the homeowner assistance program for flood victims. The Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Julie Baxter Payer, says this will not delay financial assistance for those who need it. She says they’re reopening the bidding process, because they weren’t pleased with the initial offers.
|Julie Baxter Payer, Garret Graves, homeowner assistance program, flood victims|
|Posted on 3/15/2017 9:00:00 AM.|
A Denham Springs contractor has been arrested after allegedly defrauding two Baton Rouge flood victims. BRPD Sgt. Don Coppola says 48-year-old Andrew Darian contacted two female victims, one of whom was 70-years-old, about doing work on their homes.
|Don Coppola, Andrew Darian, fraud, flood victims|
|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
|Ralph Abraham, March flood, flood victims, #laflood|
|Posted on 2/21/2017 11:55:00 AM.|
A Baton Rouge contractor is now facing a slew of charges in multiple parishes after allegedly scamming dozens of August flood victims. Baton Rouge Police say the owner of Complete Construction, Matthew Morris, was arrested this morning for home improvement fraud, felony theft, theft of assets of an aged person, and exploitation of the infirmed. Legal analyst Tim Meche says there’s a chance Morris won’t serve any jail time.
|Tim Meche, Matthew Morris, flood victims, fraud, Complete Construction|
|Posted on 2/9/2017 1:30:00 PM.|
Michelle Southern reporting.
A contractor in Ascension Parish has been arrested amid allegations he defrauded more than dozen homeowners who flooded in August. That's according to Sheriff Jeff Wiley who says the suspect, 39-year-old Matthew Morris, is the owner of Complete Construction Contractors. He says they would complicate agreements to rack up thousands in claims.
|matthew morris, ascension parish, jeff wiley, flood victims|
|Posted on 12/22/2016 2:05:00 PM.|
The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office is taking part in a multi-agency investigation to bust criminals accused of robbing people after the August floods. They say, so far, a dozen suspects have been tied to multiple crimes including the case of a stolen trailer.
|livingston parish, crime, flood victims, august floods|
|Posted on 12/22/2016 5:09:00 AM.|
With Christmas this weekend, there are still thousands of flood victims that are still not in their homes, and Governor John Bel Edwards says his heart breaks for families that are displaced during the holidays. He says they are doing what they can to get them back home as quickly as possible.
|John Bel Edwards, flood recovery, Shelter At Home, flood victims|
|Posted on 8/16/2016 7:00:00 AM.|
Many Louisiana residents without flood damage are eager to volunteer their time to shelters or donate items. Michael Williamson, president and CEO of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, says you can help by making a financial contribution to purchase resources. He says visit unitedwaysela.org/flood to donate.
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