FEMA gives out nearly $700M in assistance; deadline to apply approaching

FEMA gives out nearly $700M in assistance; deadline to apply approaching

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As of Friday, October 7, FEMA has awarded $693,895,134.36 in assistance across the 22 affected parishes to victims of the historic August flooding in south Louisiana, with a total of 148,563 registrations.

East Baton Rouge Parish has received the most financial aid, coming in at $341,613,914.44 with 60,627 registrations. Figures for some of the other affected parishes are as follows:

  • Livingston Parish: $190,548,980.23; 29,539 registrations
  • Ascension Parish: $52,387,022.19; 11,882 registrations
  • Lafayette Parish: $32,529,977.90; 9,491 registrations
  • Tangipahoa Parish: $29,729,282.43; 9,749 registrations

All other affected parishes have received various amounts of financial aid as well.

FEMA reminds individuals affected by the flood that the deadline to register for assistance in the area is October 13. Flood survivors must apply by then in order to be eligible for any federal assistance. This deadline also includes reporting of damages during the flood.

All affected individuals should register damage, regardless if they are covered by flood insurance.

When registering at the Disaster Recovery Center, representatives will offer information and assistance on various FEMA programs including those for Individual Assistance, Transitional Shelter Assistance, Rental Assistance and low-interest loans.

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Once registered with FEMA, applicants should keep up with the status of their application and update FEMA if any additional information is needed. According to FEMA, having missing or erroneous information could delay assistance.

Another aspect of registering with FEMA, even for those covered by insurance, is the triggering other assistance such as low-interest loans to cover repairs or replacement expenses that exceed personal insurance policies.

Anyone looking to register with FEMA for assistance or to report damages can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov. They can also contact the Disaster Recovery Center at 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Individuals can register in-person at a Disaster Recovery Center.

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