Residents in Livingston parish make claims with FEMA

LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - According to FEMA officials, the agency has already doled out three hundred thousand dollars in assistance in Livingston Parish alone. On Wednesday, residents made a case for their share of even more.

"It just kept coming and coming. You feel helpless. You can't stop it."

The water lines in Jean Babin's home on head of the island serve as a constant reminder of Isaac's impact. Neither Katrina, nor Rita managed to leave a mark like this.

"I've never did this before," said Babin. "I've been back here 28 years, I've never got water in my house."

"The degree we can get them to navigate this, the better."

Enter Congressman Bill Cassidy, who contacted FEMA officials and set up an informational meeting at the French Settlement Town Hall designed to let residents who may not have a phone or power to make their claims in person.

"One thing we tried to do was bring the resources to this room so that if someone didn't have that they could begin the process," said Cassidy.

"It gave me a better feeling about the whole situation," said French Settlement resident Phil Daigle. "Prior to this meeting I didn't know what was going to happen or which way to go or which agency to apply for."

And while residents like Babin who made their claims in person will have to wait for a FEMA adjustor to get back to them, at least the heavy burden of dealing with storm damage appears to be getting just a little bit lighter.

"After today I've seen a little light at the end of the tunnel down there. A little light."

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