flood recovery

FEMA announced today that, at the request of the state, some flooded homeowners still living in a FEMA manufactured housing unit will have the option to purchase it. Wallis Watkins reports.

Wallis Watkins / WRKF

Now that the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program has started, outreach efforts are underway to help flooded homeowners navigate the process of rebuilding.  Wallis Watkins has more.

Travis Lux / WWNO

Last August, several days of heavy rain flooded the Baton Rouge area. From Baton Rouge to Denham Springs to Gonzales -- rising waters flooded out around one hundred thousand homes and caused billions of dollars worth of damage. Recovery is ongoing, even nine months later.

 

The Baton Rouge area isn’t the only part of the state still struggling this many months out. The damage rippled out across the state -- all the way down to the tiny town of Leeville, near Grand Isle, along the coast.

 

Jessica Rosgaard / WWNO

Of the $1.6 billion Congress has appropriated for Louisiana’s flood recovery efforts, $1.3 billion is dedicated to homeowners. In the August flood alone, the Small Business Administration has approved nearly as much in disaster loans to repair flooded houses. But as Wallis Watkins reports, some homeowners feel getting that help has put them at a disadvantage.

Lawsuits Allege Interstate 12 Exacerbated August Floods

Apr 24, 2017
Della Hasselle / WWNO

In August, residents of southeast Louisiana were left stunned when water destroyed towns during a so-called 1,000 year rain. The National Weather Service said the flooding was triggered by a slow-moving, low-pressure weather system that dumped as much as two feet of rain over a matter of days. But as Della Hasselle reports, others say some of the damage could have been prevented, and that one highway in particular is to blame.

At Friday's meeting of the Restore Louisiana Task Force, the members approved a formal request for an additional $2 billion in recovery funds as part of a federal budget proposal being considered by Congress next week.

Karen Henderson/WRKF

The process of rebuilding a home that has flooded is hard and frustrating. Some flood survivors are choosing to sell their property and start over somewhere else. Before the August flood, Baton Rouge was a sellers market. Many are finding it still is, even if your home took on water. Karen Henderson from WRKF reports.

Louisiana homeowners with damage from last year's devastating floods are being asked to take a survey.

Republican Congressmen from Louisiana have repeatedly criticized Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards' management of flood recovery. That fight continued in Washington on Wednesday, where Edwards testified before the House Government and Oversight Reform Committee

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) -- and others -- pounded Edwards with scathing criticism for almost three hours. 

To provide more context on the hearing, WWNO's Jessica Rosgaard sat down with Molly Peterson, who has been reporting on flood recovery for the Louisiana Public Radio Partnership. 

Volunteer Flood Recovery Focused On Helping Children

Apr 3, 2017
Save the Children

Nearly seven months after historic flooding destroyed homes and schools in southeast Louisiana, residents are still facing a long road to recovery. Among them are thousands of children, whose lives as they knew them were washed away. Some organizations are still making sure the state’s youngest flood victims are getting what they need. Della Hasselle reports.

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