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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. 


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.  


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. 


Today, President Donald Trump approved Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Federal Emergency Declaration request for Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vermillion Parishes and ordered Federal assistance to supplement state, tribal and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Tropical Storm Harvey beginning on Aug. 27, 2017, and continuing.

After months of working through the federal bureaucracy, Louisiana has access to the $1.6 billion in federal aid earmarked by Congress for flood recovery.

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, officially released the dollars to the state Monday. Louisiana can now start withdrawing dollars to pay for recovery projects approved by HUD.


Victims last August's flooding who are still living in hotels and motels are getting a one-month reprieve.


The Federal Emergency Management Agency says they now have to check out of their rooms by May 11.


The previous checkout deadline was April 11.


Nearly 250 households are currently staying in rooms paid for by the agency's Transitional Sheltering Assistance program.


The hotels bill FEMA directly for the rooms. It's designed as short-term housing while people look for some place more permanent to live.



Curtis Roller, 60, of Jonesboro, La., was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of supervised release after making false claims to receive federal funding through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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     Denham Springs officials say about 45 percent of flooded structures in their city evaluated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have been deemed substantially damaged.

      The Advocate reports Rick Foster of the Denham Spring Building Department told the city council Monday FEMA inspectors evaluated 2,729 residential and commercial structures and found 1,222 had sustained damage estimated to cost 50 percent or more of the structure's value to repair.  

More than 135,000 south Louisiana households have applied for FEMA assistance, and the latest estimate of damaged homes exceeds 85,000. That was before six more parishes were added to the disaster declaration last Friday.

Hotel rooms are full; apartments are hard to find; and people are living with family and even in tents in their front yards.

FEMA Extends Deadline For Flood Assistance

May 27, 2016
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Just over two months after the disastrous flooding that struck the area in March, many residents  are still trying to repair the damage and piece together their lives again.

In response to a request from Governor Edwards, the deadline to apply for financial assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration to June 13. 

Since the President declared the March floods a disaster, FEMA and the SBA have received over 39,000 applications for aid. Ouachita Parish suffered the brunt of the damage and has over 10,000 applicants.