BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that individuals affected by the flood will get a little more time to register for FEMA assistance.
The deadline for registration has been extended to Monday, Nov. 14 after initially being set to end on Thursday, Oct. 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.
As of Tuesday, October 11, FEMA has awarded $698,387,593.26 in assistance across the 22 affected parishes to flood victims. Officials said there has been a total of 147,945 registrations.
East Baton Rouge Parish has received the most financial aid, coming in at $343,627,347.73 with 60,415 registrations. Figures for some of the other affected parishes are as follows:
- Livingston Parish: $191,672,920.69 with 29,462 registrations
- Ascension Parish: $52,769,213.68 with 11,835 registrations
- Lafayette Parish: $32,777,884.97 with 9,437 registrations
- Tangipahoa Parish: $29,966,326.60 with 9,697 registrations
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.
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Flood victims are reminded that the deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is Oct. 14 and the deadline to register for the state's Shelter at Home Program is Oct. 15.
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.