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 -- In theory, Tropical Storm Isidore and Hurricane Lili crashed into the Louisiana lowlands months before the actual events occurred. Their make-believe landfalls came in countless planning sessions conducted during the off-season by officials of the Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness (LOEP). Despite their fury and terrible toll, the storms came as no surprise to LOEP planners. Their planning sessions accurately reflected their agency's name, which includes the word preparedness. And prepared they were. Here is a sampling of events:
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:
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 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 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.

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