Louisiana Hurricane Lili (DR-1437)

Incident period: October 1, 2002 to October 16, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on October 3, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

November 1, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- Recovery costs of federal and state assistance programs during the first month since Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili hit 44 Louisiana parishes today topped the $100 million mark. Carlos Mitchell, who oversees federal programs in the disaster area, cited assistance summaries from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOEP). He said that at the end of the first month of recovery, figures show:
November 1, 2002
News Release
Baton Rouge, LA -- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has made 130 low-interest loans totaling $1,100,500 to replenish working capital for Louisiana small businesses as a result of income loss caused by the dual assaults of Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili. SBA spokesperson Michael Lampton today said the special SBA loans were made because of economic injury problems associated with the disaster and do not involve actual physical damage to the businesses.
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 -- A fast-working cadre of damage assessment inspectors deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has evaluated 85,934 residences damaged by the back-to-back onslaught of Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili according to officials overseeing disaster recovery operations.
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."

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