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Residents start the process of applying for federal disaster aid

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As the flood waters slowly recede in the the area, the focus begins to turn to recovery. 

Friday, Governor John Bel Edwards held a press conference to announce the start of disaster assistance programs. On Monday, the first phase of DSNAP will begin with the first eight parishes opening locations where applicants can finalize the application process. 

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On Friday, options for temporary housing was also released. Residents will have the two options. The first option is the Temporary Shelter Assistance Program or TSA which is for victims with a critical need for housing. Those that will qualify for TSA have registered with FEMA and have stated that they have been sleeping in a vehicle, shelter, hotel or their place of employment. The second option is to find a rental property. Governor Edwards added that plans for long term housing will be planned next week. 

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Until then, the clean up will continue as volunteer come to the area to bring supplies and to assist residents in cleaning and gutting out homes.  

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