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Historic Louisiana Flood: FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers Open Across the State

22 Aug 2016, 11:24 pm

After powerful and deadly Louisiana flooding claimed at least 13 lives and damages upwards of 60,000 homes, the region is beginning to clean up what some are calling the worst domestic natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy.

SOS Louisiana

Sights like this are still a fresh reminder of what the people of Louisiana have endured over the past

Posted by WeatherNation on Sunday, August 21, 2016

FEMA opened Disaster Recovery Centers on Sunday, August 21, in Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes to help Louisiana flood survivors. The centers are open 8 am to 6 pm every day until further notice.

Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), volunteer groups and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. They can also help survivors apply for federal disaster assistance.

Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are canvassing many affected areas, and are able to register people for FEMA assistance if needed. Sometimes these teams will remain in certain locations convenient to the community, such as a library or mayor’s office. When residents require further assistance the teams may refer them to a disaster recovery center nearby.

It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. If possible, survivors should register with FEMA before visiting a recovery center.

Sights and Sounds From Historic Louisiana Flood

SIGHTS & SOUNDS from the historic flood in Louisiana. Hard for so many of us to imagine what it's like! Thoughts and prayers to everyone!

Posted by WeatherNation on Thursday, August 18, 2016

(Headline image: Gonzales, LA, Thursday, August 19, 2016 — Regional Response Team Six conduct search and rescue operations by boat in Ascension Parish.)

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