Jessica Rosgaard

Flood Recovery Editor

Jessica Rosgaard is the Editor/Producer for ongoing flood coverage under a new collaboration between WWNO-New Orleans, WRKF-Baton Rouge, and KRVS-Lafayette. The project serves the community through in-depth reporting on issues impacting flood recovery efforts, as well as informing the listening audience about important dates, deadlines, and resources to aid in personal recovery.

Before joining WWNO, Jessica was the New Orleans producer for Al Jazeera America. A native New Yorker, she graduated from The George Washington University and made DC her second home, working for CNN, Current TV, and The Washington Post before moving to New Orleans.

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Senator Bill Cassidy held the first of five Louisiana town hall meetings Tuesday night in Livingston Parish. As WWNO’s Jessica Rosgaard reports, the audience of about 300 people asked questions about flood recovery and the policies of the Trump administration.

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The Ostrich Paradox: Why We Under-Prepare For Disasters examines human behavior and disaster preparedness, trying to answer the question: why, with our ability to forsee and protect against natural catastrophes, do humans fail to protect ourselves and our communities from disaster? WWNO’s Jessica Rosgaard spoke to co-author Robert Meyer about how humans can overcome the psychological hurdles to disaster preparedness.

The Restore Louisiana Task Force has scheduled public meetings in four parishes affected by the 2016 floods.

Residents will have an opportunity to review and comment on the Task Force proposal for most recent $1.2 billion dollars in recovery funds from the federal government. 

The meetings will be live-streamed on the Task Force website for residents unable to attend -- and the full text of the proposal is available here.

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Community meetings are scheduled in seven parishes across Louisiana through December 20th.

Residents will have an opportunity to review proposed flood recovery programs, and talk to officials in charge of coordinating the recovery efforts.

Hosted by the Louisiana Office of Community Development, the meetings are part of a public comment period for the state’s action plan, which includes assistance programs for homeowners, renters, and small businesses.

Public meetings are scheduled as follows:

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Louisiana’s second flood recovery funding request has fallen short on Capitol Hill.

Legislation currently under consideration in Congress will fund the federal government through the end of April. It includes $1.4 billion in flood relief for Louisiana.

Now through December 7th, FEMA is offering free rebuilding information at three hardware stores in the Greater Baton Rouge area.

Mitigation experts will be available to answer questions about repairing and rebuilding homes to make them stronger and safer.

Stop in between 8am and 6pm to visit the FEMA outreach table at the following locations:

Price Building Materials 7835 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge

The Home Depot 2255 Home Depot Drive, Denham Springs

The Home Depot 6600 Main St, Zachary

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As this holiday season begins, Louisiana waits on federal disaster relief funding; no word yet on the Governor's request to Congress for an additional four billion dollars. While some flood victims spent Thanksgiving in newly fixed houses, thousands more are still not home. Jessica Rosgaard went to a free holiday meal for flood victims in Baton Rouge.

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Three months after flood waters devastated southeast Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards is hoping his second request for federal funds will be approved before Congress adjourns for the year. Part of the $4-billion request would be designated for infrastructure improvements. He addressed the topic in his monthly radio call-in show.