GOHSEP begins assessing Red River flood damage
BATON ROUGE - Recovery teams from the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness have started assessing damage in Northwest Louisiana affected by Red River flooding.
"We want to make sure everything is done to help people and communities impacted by the Red River flooding,"GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis said. "The work these assessment teams perform is the first step in determining if federal assistance may be available. GOHSEP wants to make sure this information is gathered as quickly as possible to help secure a presidential disaster declaration."
The National Weather Service says the Red River levels may remain high for the several weeks and is expected to crest south of Shreveport during the next several days.
According to the GOHSEP, teams have met with local leaders to determine if the Individual Assistance, Public Assistance or Small Business Administration programs will be available.
The Individual Assistance program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and provides assistance such as for temporary housing, home repair/replacement and replacement of certain items not covered by insurance.
Joint state and federal teams will join the SBA to determine if assistance is available to business owners. The Small Business Administration may provide low interest loans to businesses and individuals to repair or replace damaged or destroyed property.