BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - As the one year anniversary of the August 2016 flood approaches, many homeowners and victims are still working towards recovery.
The Restore Louisiana Task Force hosted an open house Saturday to help those flooded home owners at Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge.
Staff members were on hand to answer questions and work directly with homeowners on a first-come, first-serve basis to either complete the homeowner assistance survey or the application process for those who have been invited to do so.
There was also a model of a home to help encourage residents still working through the process.
"I've worked in programs in New York and Mississippi, Louisiana and even after Katrina and Sandy," Program Manager Jon Mabry said. "This is very unique. First of its kind. We felt it was important to go ahead and let people know what your house would look like. Set the expectations."
Completing the survey is the required first step to participating in the program.
Restore Louisiana has also released a list of upcoming outreach dates for flood-impacted homeowners.
3-7 p.m. at the St. Tammany Parish Library – Covington Branch, 310 W. 21st Ave. in Covington
3-7 p.m. at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library – Jones Creek Regional Branch, 6222 Jones Creek Road in Baton Rouge
Program representatives will also be present at two flood recovery Open Houses in Tangipahoa Parish:
4-8 p.m. at the Florida Parishes Arena, 1301 NW Central Ave. in Amite City
4-8 p.m. at the Tangipahoa Clausen Building, 15485 W Club Deluxe Road in Hammond
All flood-impacted homeowners are strongly encouraged to complete the survey, even if they do not believe they will qualify for assistance or have completed their repairs. Additional homeowners may qualify as more funding becomes available.
Homeowners also can complete the survey online at restore.la.gov or by telephone from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday through Friday at (866) 735-2001.