State, parish leaders hold community meetings in East Baton Rouge

State, parish leaders hold community meetings in East Baton Rouge

EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Local leaders held community meetings to make sure people are getting the assistance they need to rebuild after the flood.

People in Baton Rouge got a face-to-face meeting Tuesday with the groups in charge of helping to rebuild as East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker hosted representatives from several organizations including FEMA, DPW, Louisiana's DSNAP office and EBR schools.

"We had so many people that were without flood insurance and so we had a lot of volunteer groups, thank God, that were able to come in and help with the removal of debris and remove the items out of the homes," Wicker said. "Now everyone is trying to figure out what we're going to do about resources because you know Home Depot is not giving away sheetrock for free."

Wicker said during these hard times it is key for everyone to work together as a family.

State Sen. Regina Barrow, along with State Rep. Barbara Carpenter, also held the second of two community meetings Tuesday night at Park Ridge Elementary School in Baker.

"We have tried very, very hard to let our constituents know that these people are here to help them and so it's important for them to see them, meet them, and talk with them hands on, face to face," Carpenter said. "So that they will know that this is why they exist and so this is why we exist to help them do what they need to do better."

At the meeting, people were provided information about everything that is available during recovery efforts.

Over the weekend, Barrow also participated in a Louisiana Workforce Commission event aimed at getting people access to disaster unemployment.

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