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  • Residents can get FEMA rebuilding advice at home improvement stores

    September 23, 2016 7:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE — As Louisianans repair or rebuild their homes damaged by August floods, FEMA and local hardware stores have teamed up to provide free information on making homes stronger and safer. FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to provide information at area Lowe’s stores... more »
  • Update on Shelter at Home and FEMA mobile home processes Play Video

    September 22, 2016 6:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State and federal emergency officials released new information Thursday about post-flood disaster housing options. GHOSEP said that the purpose of the meeting was to address immediate housing needs for residents impacted by last month's historic flooding. Many residents have complained that the federal government response... more »
  • Residents can file for temporary housing aid extension

    September 21, 2016 2:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents who need extended temporary housing assistance from FEMA must provide proper documents to make the request. According to FEMA, residents that are eligible for the extension can use the temporary housing assistance to pay for a place to live. To receive the extension, residents... more »
  • Politics and FEMA housing? Politician's daughter has sought-after mobile home Play Video

    September 20, 2016 6:49 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- There are allegations of politics playing into who gets into FEMA Mobile Housing Units. To date, only 16 people have MHU's - manufactured housing units - in Livingston Parish. One of the first people to get one was the daughter of Parish President Layton Ricks. Some parish employees... more »
  • Damages to schools in EBR likely to exceed $10 million Play Video

    September 20, 2016 6:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Flood damage sustained by East Baton Rouge Parish schools is expected to exceed the district's multi-million dollar insurance policy but officials, right now, are more focused on getting flooded campuses up and running again than the price tag of destruction. At Glen Oaks High School Tuesday,... more »
  • FEMA reminds applicants of their right to appeal a decision for disaster assistance

    September 20, 2016 4:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA reminds applicants of their right to appeal a decision made by officials for disaster assistance. FEMA officials remind applicants to read their determination letter in its entirety to understand why their application was labeled "ineligible." If applicants believe a mistake has been made or have... more »
  • Disaster Loan Outreach Center established in Pointe Coupee Parish

    September 19, 2016 10:49 PM

    NEW ROADS - The FEMA disaster recovery center that was closed Friday in New Roads will now serve as a disaster loan outreach center for flood victims. The U.S. Small Business Administration reopened the center Monday for disaster loan outreach for businesses of all sizes. The center will be... more »
  • Disaster Recovery Centers Adjust Weekend Hours

    September 17, 2016 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA disaster recovery centers are adjusting their weekend hours. Sunday Adjustments: The following disaster recovery centers will be open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays: Livingston Parish St. Joseph Catholic Church 15710 Highway 16 French Settlement, LA 70733 ... more »
  • FEMA extends checkout date for flood victims staying in hotels

    September 16, 2016 12:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA has approved a 30-day extension for flood disaster survivors to temporarily stay in hotels. The extension applies to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program in the state and allows eligible flood victims to stay in participating hotels temporarily if they are unable to return home. The... more »
  • FEMA says flood insurance rates remain unchanged after flood

    September 15, 2016 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – According to FEMA, last month's flood will not cause flood insurance to rise above already scheduled annual increases. The agency says that last month's severe flooding does not trigger remapping of flood zones or changes in base flood elevations. If residents' home or businesses were damaged and... more »
  • FEMA disaster recovery center opens in St. James Parish

    September 15, 2016 10:07 AM

    BATON ROUGE – A FEMA disaster recovery center is opening Thursday in St. James Parish to assist flood victims. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. The center is located at the New Zion Gospel Baptist Church located at... more »
  • State politicians frustrated at FEMA's slow flood response Play Video

    September 14, 2016 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As state politicians countinue to fight for funding, many are saying they're dissatisfied with the time it's taking FEMA to get resources to families. "This isn't the first time we've had a disaster," Congressman Garret Graves told News Two's Brett Buffington. "It's not the first disaster we've... more »
  • With hundreds still homeless, FEMA trailers remain unused Play Video

    September 14, 2016 12:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA is trying to come up with answers as to why an extensive number of modular homes set aside for flood victims have remained unused. Tonight, more than 100 modular units still sit empty since showing up to the drop site. At a town hall meeting... more »
  • FEMA extends deadline to file proof-of-loss claims for flood victims

    September 13, 2016 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA has granted an extension for Louisiana National Flood Insurance Program policyholders to file their proof-of-loss claims. The extension allows policyholders 120 days from the date of their loss to file a flood insurance claim. The extension doubles the 60-day deadline that the Louisiana National Flood... more »
  • FEMA reminds residents to check with officials before rebuilding

    September 12, 2016 4:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and FEMA are encouraging residents to check with local officials before starting to rebuild following last month's flood. As more financial assistance reaches flood victims, more people are beginning to repair the damages they sustained to their... more »
  • FEMA to start contacting applicants by text

    September 12, 2016 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA announces that flood victims who applied for federal help may soon get a text from officials to let them know of their application status. FEMA says it is using texts to connect with applicants in an effort to enhance communications as it allows to communicate... more »
  • FEMA to start contacting applicants by text

    September 12, 2016 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA announces that flood victims who applied for federal help may soon get a text from officials to let them know of their application status. FEMA says it is using texts to connect with applicants in an effort to enhance communications as it allows to communicate... more »
  • Louisiana asking feds to pay more of response to March flood

    September 11, 2016 3:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While the federal government has agreed to pay 90 percent of the response costs for Louisiana's catastrophic mid-August flooding, the state hasn't been able to get a similar deal for flood damage in north Louisiana in March. The state's congressional delegation and Gov. John Bel Edwards have... more »
  • FEMA: federal aid to flooded Louisiana has passed $1 billion

    September 9, 2016 3:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA reports that federal aid to help disaster survivors has surpassed $1 billion less than four weeks after historic flooding devastated south Louisiana. FEMA says more than 63,000 families are receiving assistance through one or more of the housing options available. The agency approved more... more »
  • Praised by viewers of FEMA hearing feed; Who is Rep. Mica?

    September 9, 2016 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - People watching WBRZ's Facebook Live feed of the Congressional hearing into FEMA's response to the flood rallied around a Florida lawmaker. "We have to do a better job of meeting our federal responsibility," Congressman John L. Mica (R), said in his closing remarks of the Subcommittee... more »
  • FEMA specifies disaster aid Is based on individual needs

    September 8, 2016 4:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - You should know that any disaster aid you or your neighbor may receive will be based on each person’s unique circumstances and needs. The amount and type of assistance one individual receives could be completely different from what his/her neighbor receives, even though the damage appears... more »
  • Insurance commissioner request Proof of Loss filing extension

    September 8, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said he is asking FEMA to extend the filing deadline for Louisiana policyholders impacted by the historic flooding. According to a statement Thursday, Donelon said FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program requires homeowners to file a “Proof of Loss” form within 60 days... more »
  • FEMA appears to be setting up manufactured housing community near airport Play Video

    September 7, 2016 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA's mobile homes are being set up in an abandoned trailer park community off Blount Road. Wednesday, WBRZ recorded video of workers adding aprons around the bottom of trailers and utility crews connecting lines to each unit. The lot is a stone's throw north of the... more »
  • Edwards, other officials meet in D.C. to talk flood aid

    September 7, 2016 3:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and other high-ranking state elected leaders traveled to Washington, D.C., Thursday to lobby for additional flood relief. The group is scheduled to be in D.C. Thursday and Friday. Traveling with Edwards will be Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and Lt. Governor Billy... more »
  • FAQ: Understanding Your FEMA Determination Letter

    September 7, 2016 11:35 AM

    Q: My FEMA determination letter says that my application for disaster assistance is “ineligible” or “incomplete.” What can I do? A: All disaster assistance applicants have the right to appeal, and sometimes a quick fix is all that is needed to change a “no” to a “yes.” Read your... more »
  • Officials warn flood victims of scam artists requesting personal information

    September 6, 2016 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and FEMA are urging residents affected by the recent flooding to not provide personal information to scam artists. Both agencies are aware that there are scam artists posing as FEMA inspectors and have contacted flood victims asking... more »
  • FEMA hiring temporary workers for disaster recovery aid

    September 4, 2016 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents looking for temporary work have an opportunity to help in the recovery process by working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA is advertising through the Louisiana Workforce Commission to fill open positions at its disaster recovery offices in the state. These are full-time jobs,... more »
  • FAQs about FEMA Housing Assistance Play Video

    September 2, 2016 12:38 PM

    Q: My house flooded. I need a place to live. What do I do first? A: The first step is to register with FEMA. Go online to DisasterAssistance.gov or call the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362, (TTY) 800-462-7585. Once you have registered, FEMA will arrange for an inspector to look... more »
  • FEMA urges St. James, West Baton Rouge flood survivors to register for assistance

    September 1, 2016 9:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - St. James and West Baton Rouge parish disaster survivors may now be eligible for federal disaster assistance, according to FEMA. They join the list of 22 parishes in which survivors may be eligible for FEMA assistance. FEMA lists three ways to apply for assistance: ... more »
  • Vitter says FEMA to fund crisis counseling

    September 1, 2016 11:13 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A U.S. senator says the Federal Emergency Management will provide Louisiana with $6.8 million to fund crisis counseling for flood victims. Sen. David Vitter's office announced the grant in a news release Wednesday. The release says the money is for counseling, education and development of coping skills.... more »
  • Sound stage used for Tom Cruise production now flood recovery center

    August 31, 2016 12:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It once played host to Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Tom Cruise and many others but Wednesday, Stage 6 at Celtic Media Centre was the set of a reality series too many are living: life in a rebuilding, post-flood world. FEMA opened a Disaster Recovery Center inside... more »
  • FEMA to open disaster recovery center at Celtic Studios

    August 30, 2016 11:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA will open a disaster recovery center Wednesday, Aug. 31 in East Baton Rouge to assist flood victims. The center will be located at Celtic Studios at 10000 Celtic Drive, Baton Rouge and will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. Representatives... more »
  • Officials recommend tips to FEMA applicants denied flood assistance

    August 30, 2016 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency and FEMA are encouraging applicants who have received denial letters for flood assistance to read the letters carefully to find out why. According to officials, some applicants that have been denied are only missing a portion of necessary... more »
  • Flooded car questions answered Play Video

    August 29, 2016 11:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As the clean-up effort continues around south Louisiana, people are trying to get back into their normal routine but that's difficult without a car. Thousands of cars flooded, but if your insurance does not cover storm-related damage, FEMA says you must verify that it happened as... more »
  • FEMA answers questions at community meeting

    August 29, 2016 10:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Town Hall meeting took place Friday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church to discuss and answer questions regarding flood relief. State Representatives Paula Davis and Ted James hosted the meeting with the Sherwood Forest Citizens Association and Crime and Improvement District. Rep. James said... more »
  • U.S. Rep. Mica, Congressman Graves critique FEMA's response efforts Play Video

    August 29, 2016 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE – U.S. Representative John Mica of Florida and Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves toured flood damaged neighborhoods in South Louisiana from the sky on Monday. Mica, who chairs the U.S. House subcommittee that oversees FEMA, said that the relief agency has been pitiful in dealing with the... more »
  • FEMA criticized as slow on disaster housing aid in Louisiana

    August 29, 2016 12:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The first out-of-state congressman to survey Louisiana's damage from catastrophic flooding says the Federal Emergency Management Agency response has been "pitiful." U.S. Rep. John Mica, a Florida Republican, toured the destruction Monday with U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, a Republican who represents much of the most heavily... more »
  • FEMA recovery center opens in Lafayette

    August 29, 2016 12:12 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a disaster recovery center in Lafayette. FEMA says in a news release that the center, which opened Sunday, will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. Flood survivors will receive assistance and information... more »
  • FEMA to open disaster recovery center in EBR Monday

    August 28, 2016 8:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA will open another disaster recovery center in East Baton Rouge Parish Monday. According to a statement released Sunday, the center will be open from from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice at the following location: Baker Council on... more »
  • FEMA disaster recovery center opens in Denham Springs Saturday

    August 26, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA will open a disaster recovery center in Denham Springs Saturday after historic flooding ravaged much of Livingston Parish last week. The FEMA disaster recovery center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following location: North Park Recreation Center (At... more »
  • Renters may be eligible for federal disaster aid

    August 26, 2016 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Renters who experienced losses from last week’s historic flooding may be eligible for federal disaster aid. According to a FEMA statement Friday, renters may be eligible for grants from FEMA to cover certain disaster related expenses, including: Disaster related medical and dental expenses Replacement... more »
  • State opens warehouse to streamline donation process

    August 26, 2016 10:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state has opened a warehouse to take donations from locals along with items from people and businesses across the country following the flood disaster. The warehouse is being operated as a partnership with the state and Louisiana VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster). Adventist Community... more »
  • Some flooded homes may require elevating Play Video

    August 25, 2016 4:06 PM

    CENTRAL - City building officials in Central want residents to make sure their houses have properly dried out and meet proper elevation standards before repairs begin. Does your home meet elevation standards? Officials stress it's still being determined which homes would require elevating. A town hall meeting for... more »
  • FEMA's mobile homes have arrived in Baton Rouge Play Video

    August 25, 2016 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA manufactured housing units arrived in the city Thursday afternoon. The mobile homes are either one, two or three bedrooms and will be placed on homeowners' properties or in trailer parks set up for flood victims. The homes will be available for up to 18 months,... more »
  • More FEMA disaster recovery centers open Friday Play Video

    August 24, 2016 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - FEMA says more disaster recovery centers will open Thursday in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston and St. Landry parishes. FEMA says more disaster recovery centers will open Friday in Iberville, Livingston and Vermilion parishes. The centers will be open from 8 a.m. to... more »
  • Contact info for replacing lost or damaged documents

    August 24, 2016 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Many residents of the area may find they’ve had important documents destroyed or lost during the chaos that followed recent flooding. Below is a helpful contact info guide for securing new documentation: SNAP Cards (Food Stamps): Phone: 1-888-524-3578 Website: www.dcfs.la.gov/DSNAP Green Cards Phone: 800-375-5283 Website:... more »
  • First look at temporary FEMA homes for La. flood victims Play Video

    August 24, 2016 2:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the "Shelter at Home" disaster recovery program Wednesday. According to Edwards, FEMA will fund up to $15,000 to render a home "safe, secure and habitable." The program will only be eligible to people who's homes can be restored to basic... more »
  • Ascension residents seek assistance at FEMA disaster center Play Video

    August 23, 2016 7:59 PM

    ASCENSION – On Tuesday, people lined up at FEMA disaster centers in Ascension Parish seeking help following last week's flood. Residents showed up early at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center to register with FEMA and learn about the availability of recovery and housing assistance. "I thought there would... more »
  • FEMA extends grace period to renew flood insurance policies in affected parishes

    August 22, 2016 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA announced that the grace period to renew flood insurance policies has been extended to 120 days for affected Louisiana parishes. The grace period has been extended to 120 days and applies to the 20 declared disaster parishes: Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline,... more »
  • Get free legal advice during the flood aftermath

    August 22, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flood victims can access free legal advice to help guide them through the recovery process. Victims will have a lot of questions and this service is aimed at getting answers. Here are examples of the legal assistance available: · Help securing FEMA and other... more »
  • FEMA to open more disaster recovery centers Monday

    August 20, 2016 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA will open three more disaster recovery centers in East Baton Rouge, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana parishes Monday. FEMA opened two disaster recovery centers in Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes Sunday. The centers will open at 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until further notice... more »
  • Homeland Security official to visit Louisiana

    August 17, 2016 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The White House says Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will visit Louisiana on Thursday to review the federal government's response to the widespread flooding that has damaged tens of thousands of businesses and houses. Spokeswoman Jennifer Friedman says President Barack Obama also spoke with FEMA Administrator Craig... more »
  • 9,000 flood insurance claims already filed in wake of flood

    August 17, 2016 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The President received updates from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate on Wednesday morning after Fugate traveled to Louisiana on Tuesday to follow up with ongoing flood response in the state. Administrator Fugate briefed Obama on the resources that have been provided to support the response and recovery, including... more »
  • Louisiana receives $19.5 million FEMA disaster recovery grant

    August 9, 2016 4:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Health has received more than $19.5 million to assist communities throughout the state that are still recovering from the severe flooding that occurred this past spring. The grant, called the Disaster Case Management grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and... more »
  • Deadline to apply for FEMA help June 13

    June 4, 2016 3:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana disaster survivors in 36 parishes have until June 13 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for recovery assistance. The Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness requested the extension to provide more time for those with disaster damage that occurred March 8... more »
  • $6.2 million awarded to Livingston and 2 other parishes for flood protection

    May 26, 2016 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator David Vitter announced that FEMA will be awarding more than $6 million in grants to fund multiple safe room, drainage and acquisition projects for flood protection and hurricane preparedness in Livingston, Lafayette and Calcasieu parishes. Livingston Parish will receive $1,013,941 for safe room development projects, while Calcasieu... more »
  • Registration for FEMA recovery assistance extended until June

    May 5, 2016 3:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana disaster survivors have an extra 30 days to register for FEMA recovery assistance. The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) requested the extension to provide more time for Louisiana residents with disaster damage that occurred March 8 through April 8, to apply for... more »
  • FEMA extends proof of loss form filing deadline

    May 4, 2016 11:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a 60-day extension for filing proof of loss forms by National Flood Insurance Program policyholders affected by storms across the state in March. The program normally requires policyholders to file that form within 60 days of suffering flood damage. Insurance... more »
  • Tornado victims counting on FEMA assistance; it's not coming Play Video

    May 2, 2016 10:29 PM

    ASSUMPTION PARISH - Two months after a tornado turned lives upside down, Assumption Parish residents have been told the damage wasn't bad enough for them to receive assistance from the federal government . Construction crews are in the process of rebuilding homes, while others have been leveled. "We... more »
  • FEMA doesn't think bayou devastation enough for federal disaster

    May 2, 2016 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government denied the state's appeal for federal disaster assistance in areas recovering from tornadoes that tore apart bayou communities in February. FEMA said there was not enough wide-spread damage to force a disaster area, which makes federal assistance available for individual, business and government... more »
  • Avoyelles Parish added to flooding disaster list

    April 8, 2016 9:28 PM

    GREENSBURG - Avoyelles Parish was added to the list of parishes deemed a disaster in the wake of wide-spread flooding in March. Avoyelles joins the list that already includes Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Catahoula, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Livingston, Madison,... more »
  • St. Helena Parish added to flooding disaster area

    April 4, 2016 7:47 PM

    GREENSBURG - St. Helena Parish was added to the list of parishes deemed a disaster in the wake of wide-spread flooding in March. As of Tuesday afternoon, residents are now eligible for federal disaster assistance. St. Helena joins the list that already includes Allen, Ascension, Beauregard, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo,... more »
  • FEMA opens shop in Livingston; Ascension is next Play Video

    March 29, 2016 7:38 PM

    SATSUMA - The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center opened its doors Tuesday in Livingston Parish.. The center is located at the Satsuma Village mall just off of I-12. After floodwater covered areas of Livingston Parish and surrounding areas, residents like Megan Willis are ready for recovery efforts to begin. "It was... more »
  • FEMA: What to expect when the disaster damage inspector visits

    March 28, 2016 7:13 PM

    Know What to Expect When the Inspector Visits Once Louisiana homeowners register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a FEMA housing inspector will call to schedule an inspection for those living in designated parishes. Here’s what survivors need to know about the inspection process: Everyone should know: ... more »
  • Flood assistance office opens Tuesday in Livingston Parish

    March 28, 2016 6:54 PM

    SATSUMA - Tuesday, FEMA opens a disaster recovery center. The office will help victims of recent flooding get answers to questions about low-interest disaster loans and apply for federal disaster assistance. It is not necessary to visit a center to register for and receive federal disaster assistance. And, people... more »
  • Edwards requests St. Helena, 8 more parishes to disaster area

    March 24, 2016 6:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor John Bel Edwards asked Barack Obama to expand the federal disaster declaration to 9 more parishes Thursday. Edwards requested Catahoula, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Rapides, Red River, Sabine and St. Helena parishes to be added to the disaster declaration area. Edwards said those... more »
  • Disaster Recovery Centers in place to help flood recovery

    March 24, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE – As cleanup and recovery begins after damaging rain and flooding, federal disaster officials have set up recovery centers across Louisiana to aid residents. FEMA says it has opened several Disaster Recovery Centers accross the state to help residents as cleanup efforts begin. Volunteers and represenatives from... more »
  • FEMA Dos and Donts for Louisiana Flood Survivors

    March 19, 2016 6:18 PM

    Dos: Do file a claim with their insurance company. Do register for FEMA disaster assistance. Survivors can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling toll-free 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or VRS may call 800-621-3362. Do know that FEMA grants may help pay... more »
  • Who can apply? FEMA Disaster Assistance FAQs Play Video

    March 17, 2016 6:40 PM

    Who should apply for federal disaster assistance? Louisiana homeowners, renters and business owners in disaster-designated parishes who sustained damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or its inventory as a result of the ongoing severe storms and floods may apply for disaster assistance. How do I apply? Survivors in... more »
  • Ascension Parish added to federal disaster area Play Video

    March 17, 2016 11:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State officials announced Thursday that Ascension Parish has been added to the list of locations to receive federal disaster aid. Governor John Bel Edwards asked President Barack Obama Wednesday to consider adding Allen, Ascension and Calcasieu parishes to areas receiving assistance. Edwards said floodwater has damaged... more »
  • Ascension Parish officials urge residents to be cautious of FEMA fraud

    March 17, 2016 10:14 AM

    ASCENSION- Ascension Parish Homeland Security officials are encouraging parish residents to be cautious of any FEMA related fraud. Officials ask residents to watch for and report any suspicious activities from possible scams and identity thefts. Ascension Parish officials advise residents that FEMA does not endorse any commercial businesses, products or... more »
  • Gov. Edwards to meet with FEMA Administrator Thursday Play Video

    March 17, 2016 9:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards says the severe storms that battered Louisiana are a "record-breaking flood event" that inundated places that have never flooded before. Edwards thanked the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday for promptly acting on the state's requests to expand the number of parishes covered... more »
  • FEMA meets with Livingston Parish leaders Play Video

    March 16, 2016 4:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON - While some flood victims began cleaning up Wednesday, Livingston Parish leaders met with FEMA to create a game plan to provide assistance. Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks says at least 300 homes have been damaged from flooding that began last week. Ricks and the Livingston Parish... more »
  • Livingston, Tangipahoa added to federal disaster area; clears way for assistance

    March 15, 2016 4:57 PM

    LIVINGSTON - People here are now eligible for federal disaster assistance since Livingston Parish was added to the Louisiana federal disaster area Tuesday afternoon. In addition to Livingston Parish, Tangipahoa was also added to the list which now includes 14 other parishes: Beauregard, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, DeSoto, LaSalle, Madison,... more »
  • SE La. flood areas not yet eligible for federal disaster assistance

    March 14, 2016 6:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal aid is likely to come for areas of Louisiana inundated by floods in the last week. The federal government declared Bossier, Claiborne, Grant, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland, and Webster Parishes as disaster areas. Other parishes will likely be added to the list, which as of this... more »
  • FEMA awards over $10 million in grants to La. for disaster preparedness

    March 14, 2016 3:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr., M.D. (R- Lafayette) announced that FEMA has awarded the state of Louisiana two grants for disaster preparedness worth a combined $10,357,122. One grant, the Storm Water Mitigation Project for Pontilly (Ponchartrain Park and Gentilly), provides $5, 350,000 in funding for drainage improvements that will... more »

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