Louisiana Tropical Storm Isidore (DR-1435)

Incident period: September 21, 2002 to October 1, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 27, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 30, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- With their mission accomplished, Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Abbeville and Rayne will cease operations at close-of-business 6 p.m., Sat., Nov. 2. The recovery centers were established in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili as thousands of flood victims sought assistance. More than 1,500 Acadia and Vermilion applicants for federal and state aid visited the two parish DRCs to ask questions and to learn about available programs and risk-reduction measures.
October 28, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- Nightmares, fears, tears and withdrawal; the psychological after-effects of surviving the distress and damage of Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili may linger with Louisiana children for months to come. The stress caused by a disaster can affect children more than anyone, according to mental health experts. Anxiety results from the loss of possessions, disruption to family life and a sense of a hostile world created by disaster. Parents are urged to be alert to signs of trouble such as the following:
October 26, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- Recovery officials are continuing to evaluate the possibility of providing additional travel trailers to serve as temporary housing in a broad sweep of parishes hit hard by Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili. "We are working hard to deal with a major housing shortage in the hardest hit areas," said Carlos Mitchell, federal coordinating officer for the disaster. "Unfortunately there is very little housing available in certain areas for disaster victims."
October 26, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced today that more than $10 million in disaster loans has been approved for Louisiana residents and businesses stemming from damages caused by Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili that began Sept. 21, 2002.
October 25, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- Homeowners, landlords and business owners are urged to check with local and parish governments regarding permits before repairing or rebuilding a structure damaged by winds or flooding. There can be strict local requirements on how and where structures may be renovated.
October 25, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- Unemployed and self-employed workers whose jobs were lost or interrupted by the effects of Hurricane Lili have until Thursday, Nov. 7, 2002, to register for disaster unemployment. The special disaster unemployment program applies only to those who are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance. Disaster recovery officials said applicants should take their social security numbers with them when visiting the nearest state or parish unemployment registration office.

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