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Drive-thru Disaster Recovery Centers will open in Rapides and Winn parishes Tuesday, Sept. 22, to help Hurricane Laura survivors.

Different from the standard in-person facility, the new centers are an easy and COVID-safe way for Hurricane Laura survivors to have documents scanned into their case file. Each drive-thru is staffed with FEMA personnel who are available to scan documents, assist with registration and answer questions about disaster-assistance programs.

Survivors who purchased or rented a generator and/or chainsaw as a result of Hurricane Laura may be able to receive FEMA reimbursement.

FEMA cannot reimburse equipment paid for by another source, such as homeowner’s, flood, or other types of insurance. Duplicate payments or reimbursements for assistance provided by insurance or any other source are prohibited by law.

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Homeowners and renters in Morehouse and Union parishes may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Laura.

To be eligible for federal disaster aid, storm damage and losses from the hurricane and flooding must have occurred as a result of Hurricane Laura from Aug. 22 to Aug. 27.

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 A drive-thru Disaster Recovery Center will open in Ouachita Parish on Thursday, Sept. 10 to help Hurricane Laura survivors.

A new feature of centers is an easy and COVID-safe way for Hurricane Laura survivors to have documents scanned into their case file.

The drive-thru center operates under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure visitors are safe. Masks or face coverings are required for entry and service. Survivors remain in their cars. A specialist wearing a face mask will receive documents through the window and return them.

FEMA Approves Assistance For Some NELA Parishes

Sep 2, 2020
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Homeowners and renters in  Ouachita, Jackson, Lincoln, and Winn parishes may now apply for federal disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Laura.

Governor John Bel Edwards' request for another 14 parishes is still pending federal approval. Edwards encourages residents of approved parishes to register for FEMA assistance, even if they think they may not be eligible.

BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to Pres. Donald J. Trump requesting a Major Disaster Declaration for the State of Louisiana due to the impact of Hurricane Barry last month. Barry made landfall July 13, 2019, near Intracoastal City with maximum sustained winds of 71 mph and gusts up to 85 mph. 

The hurricane triggered extensive rainfall, flash flooding and multiple tornadoes. In addition to Barry's landfall, the state was already dealing with months of elevated river levels and continuous river flood fighting before the hurricane threatened the state.

MONROE, La.  Chad Lightfoot, 47, of Chalmette, Louisiana, was convicted by a federal jury for using an address at a Monroe house that he did not live in to receive disaster payments.  

Plum Street Underpass Re-opening

Oct 10, 2017
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The Flood of 2016  which damaged the Plum Street Underpass called for emergency interim repairs. The dirt sides of the underpass began sliding down the hill.  Now the road has been given permanent repairs and will be reopened today Tuesday, October 10th.

The project cost $457,134 which was funded by both the City of Monroe Capital Infrastructure Street fund and FEMA reimbursement. The Road will be fully functional and cut down traffic congestion from train traffic in the area. 

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BATON ROUGE — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter to leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate requesting that Congress clarify language in the Stafford Act that has lead to flood victims being penalized for making use of Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans in the aftermath of the 2016 floods.  As Congress considers disaster assistance for Hurricane Harvey, survivors of that storm are likely to experience similar problems as they work to recover.  

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Louisiana and Texas are dealing with severe flooding and many people and businesses want to help. Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser  says it is important to stretch our recovery dollars and coordinate our efforts.  

Volunteerlouisiana.gov makes it easier to find options for donating time, goods, and money to Harvey relief  projects. 

Nungesser says the need will grow as people return to their homes and businesses. Working with coordination keeps volunteers safe and  can maximize efficiency. 

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