The state Office of Community Development has again scheduled a series of public meetings for Louisiana’s regions that were impacted by the historic 2016 floods. The meetings are free and no reservations are required.
The meetings provide residents an opportunity to view and comment on the flood recovery homeowner, renters and small business assistance programs that were recommended by the Restore Louisiana Task Force, given the federal restrictions that govern how this assistance may be distributed. The action plan for the most recent $1.2 billion appropriation can be found here. Versions in Spanish and Vietnamese are also available.
Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Office of Community of Development has proposed using the latest appropriation to provide at least some measure of assistance to residents who experienced major or severe damage to their homes and who did not have flood insurance. In addition, the appropriation would fund rental assistance, economic development help for small businesses and farmers, and help for parishes in meeting match requirements for additional assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
After the official public comment period ends Feb. 15, the state will submit the plan Feb. 17 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for final federal approval.
The Office of Community Development is the state agency working with the Restore Louisiana Task Force to coordinate flood-recovery efforts.
Public meetings are scheduled as follows and will be live-streamed where possible on restore.la.gov:
- Lafayette Parish: On Feb. 3, immediately following the Restore Louisiana Task Force meeting at the Youngsville Sports Complex Recreation Center at 801 Savoy Road
- East Baton Rouge Parish: 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6 at Magnolia Theater on the Baton Rouge Community College Mid City campus at 201 Community College Drive
- Lincoln Parish: 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Lincoln Parish Police Jury Conference Room on the third floor at 100 W. Texas Ave. in Ruston
- Washington Parish: 5:30-7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13, on the second floor of the Washington Parish Courthouse at 908 Washington St. in Franklinton
Residents are encouraged to sign up for email updates on the recovery effort at restore.la.gov.
Last modified: February 1, 2017