BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana leaders are once again assessing the damage and trying to make sure people who lost everything are taken care of.
Officials with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) are meeting Wednesday to talk about recovery efforts in the aftermath of the flooding.
Thousands have lost their homes and are now living in shelters or in some form of temporary housing. Leaders are expected to talk about long term housing options at the meeting, which starts at 3:30 p.m.
FEMA reported Wednesday morning that 18 shelters remained open throughout the state with about 2,500 people staying in them. Officials reported more than 117,000 people have submitted claims.
The American Red Cross added it has served more than 356,488 meals and snacks and distributed more than 100,366 recovery items, such as clean-up kits, blankets and personal care kits.
Schools are slowly reopening around Louisiana as some families get back into their homes.
Schools in Tangipahoa Parish and the city of Donaldsonville are opening up their doors Wednesday.
Donaldsonville will be the only city in Ascension Parish that will be starting classes back up.
The rest of the parish will return on Monday, August 29.
The school system released a plan that accommodates 5,000 students who will be displaced from five campuses affected by the flooding.