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No need to PAY to register for rebuilding program, state warns

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The state issued a warning Monday to flood victims about people unnecessarily charging to complete a survey to receive a portion of federal flood recovery money.

“The Louisiana Office of Community Development strongly urges flood victims against accepting help from third parties who are charging a fee to help fill out the initial survey of interest for the homeowner recovery program from the March and August floods,” the statement said.  “There is no charge to fill out the survey and residents should not give out personal information to these third parties.”

RELATED: Mandatory survey to distribute federal aid available

Louisiana is set to receive $1.6 billion in flood recovery aid from the federal government, but now state leaders have to determine how to distribute that money. Some of the aid will be used to help renters, but the bulk of it, around 80 percent ($1.3 billion), will be used to help homeowners.

Those victims must fill out that survey.

The survey, which is the first step in the process, is available at www.restore.la.gov.

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