FEMA holds community meeting in Livingston Parish

MAUREPAS, LA (WAFB) - "I lost two vehicles, who's going to pay the deductibles on it? I'm a disabled veteran, I don't have that kind of money," said one residents at a meeting held in Maurepas concerning Isaac claims.

Tensions related to Isaac were not hard to find as residents met with parish officials and representatives from FEMA on Sunday in Maurepas still looking for answers on their road to recovery.

"This is the United States of America and we've been working here a lot of years and paying a lot of taxes. We need the government to help us," said Maurepas resident Jim Sarvis.

"People in this area of the state received damage and we want to make sure that number one they register and two they are eligible for the funding," added FEMA spokesperson Tom Pechal.

For affected residents, constant reminders of storm damage like piles of debris can allow for frustration to set in but others say it's important to understand that applying for assistance can sometimes be a lengthy process.

"You keep appealing, appealing and appealing from what we're studying that's how it's working," said Sarvis. "Everybody wants to get to their way of living, the way they have lived all their life."

"There is only so much you can do you have to rely on FEMA and it's a process," said Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks. "They are going to send out those denial letters out well then you have to meet with them and find out why they were denied, and how we can help them get passed that."

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