Hurricane Laura

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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.

The following organizations have closed Friday, August 28 due to the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

Considering the potential for emergency conditions due to Hurricane Laura, Mayor Friday Ellis is announcing the closure of all City facilities to the public and non-essential employees on Thursday, August 27, 2020.

“We are mindful of the need for the safety of citizens and our employees, and we believe closing our offices for one day is in everyone’s best interest,” Ellis said.

As the state prepares for Hurricane Laura, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser is asking people to lend a hand to their fellow Louisianans to help with recovery efforts following the storm.

 

NOAA / NHC

Forecasters say Hurricane Laura is rapidly intensifying and will become a “catastrophic” Category 4 hurricane before landfall. It's churning toward Texas and Louisiana, gathering wind and water that swirls over much of the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center says Laura's top sustained winds are near 110 mph with higher gusts.