Deadline approaches for disaster unemployment after flooding

Deadline approaches for disaster unemployment after flooding

(WAFB) - The deadline to apply for disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) if you were out of work as a result of the historic August flooding is October 14.

DUA may be available if the flooding affected your work, even if you're self-employed, a farmer, or a farm worker. You may qualify if you fall in one of the following categories:

  • Your workplace was damaged or destroyed
  • Transportation to work was unavailable
  • You could not get to your job because you had to travel through an affected area
  • The flooding prevented you from starting a new job
  • Your business suffered because you relied on an affected area for most of your income

DUA is available in the following parishes:

  • Acadia
  • Ascension
  • Avoyelles
  • East Baton Rouge
  • East Feliciana
  • Evangeline
  • Iberia
  • Iberville
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Lafayette
  • Livingston
  • Point Coupee
  • St. Helena
  • St. James
  • St. Landry
  • St. Martin
  • St. Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Vermilion
  • Washington
  • West Baton Rouge
  • West Feliciana

You can apply for DUA online at You may also apply by calling 866-783-5567 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. To apply, you'll need your Social Security number, check stubs, and documentation to support your claim that the flooding affected your employment. All required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the date your DUA application is filed.

If eligible, you could receive DUA until February 18, 2017 as long as your unemployment is still affected by the flooding.

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