Acadia Parish to seek help for Rayne
CROWLEY - The Acadia Parish Police Jury is seeking the support of Louisiana's congressional delegation in helping Rayne acquire financial assistance stemming from tornado damage March 5.
The police jury unanimously passed a resolution on Wednesday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency rejected Rayne's initial request for financial assistance after determining the damage estimates were below the required $5 million minimum, Mayor James Petitjean said.
City and state officials are reapplying to FEMA for funding that will also cover the costs of individual homeowners assistance, Petitjean said.
The first application that was disapproved was for public assistance, Petitjean said.
More than 100 homes were either destroyed or had major damage from the tornado, which affected mainly the northwest portion of the city, Petitjean said.
"Of the damage caused, about 90 percent of that was to homeowners. For those homes, about 80 percent didn't have property insurance," he said.
Most families whose dwellings were destroyed have shelter, mainly with family, while former public housing residents are waiting for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to rebuild their units, Petitjean said.
Petitjean also complimented the efforts of parish government in assisting the city just hours after the tornado passed.
In a related matter, the Police Jury approved a financial report which included an emergency work schedule that indicates the tornado damage cleanup and assistance by parish crews cost $25,183. Of that amount, $6,223 was for labor while the remainder was for equipment and vehicles.