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Louisiana Flooding, One Week Later

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A photo of a member of Texas Task Force 1 member conducting search and rescue operations on the flooded streets of Louisiana.

Unprecedented. Historic. Epic. Three words that have been used to describe this month's flooding in Louisiana. Last Friday, as the rains came down and over 31 inches of water fell in some areas, we knew it was a big deal.

A week later, this remains a very significant disaster. Our Administrator traveled down on Tuesday. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security traveled down on Thursday. Next Tuesday, the President will travel.

With disasters like these, the federal family wraps its arms around affected communities. Large and small. The federal family becomes a true family and does what it does best: helps those in need.

From cots and sheltering to disaster loans and search and rescue, the federal government—in coordination with its state colleagues in Louisiana—has been working hard to make sure these communities have the resources they need.

Here's a look at just some of the work that has been done so far.

Over 3,800 members of the National Guard have been working to help the state complete important tasks like evacuations and search and rescue operations. The Army Corps of Engineers deployed subject matter experts to help state and local counterparts with debris removal. The Small Business Administration is providing a wide range of services to both businesses and homeowners, including low-interest disaster loans. Over 300 AmeriCorps members (from FEMA Corps and other programs) have been deployed to help various groups with operations like mucking and gutting homes damaged by the floodwaters.

Here at FEMA, we've deployed nearly 1,100 staff members to the Baton Rouge area—this includes housing inspectors, disaster survivor assistance teams, and an Urban Search and Rescue team from Texas.

Like I said before, this is a look at just some of the important work being done so far. There is much more to do and much more being done. Events that are "unprecedented" and "historic" like this one require long-term recovery efforts. It will take time. And the federal family will remain with Louisiana as long as needed.

There are several resources available for those inside and outside the area.

First, if you live in an affected parish, check out our disaster page for this event to find important information and you can apply for assistance directly at DisasterAssistance.gov.

If you don't live in the area but want to help, there are resources out there for you as well. For volunteering and donating, check VolunteerLouisiana.gov. That site is a great resource for those who look to help as much as they can.

And one of the most important things you can do is share this information with people you know. Retweet. Share on Facebook. Get the information out so people can get the help they need.

We've seen quite an outpouring of support for Louisiana so far and it warms our hearts. We're always mentioning how it's "neighbor helping neighbor" in the early stages of disaster response, and it's carried through from response into recovery.

Our thoughts continue to be with Louisiana and its affected communities, as we will also be with them through each step of the response and recovery process.

Last Updated: 
07/08/2017 - 10:22

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Are you or when or y'all planning to start delivering FEMA Trailors to Lousiana and if you are planning to do so are you hiring contractors to haul them.

Are you or when or y'all planning to start delivering FEMA Trailors to Lousiana and if you are planning to do so are you hiring contractors to haul them.

I would like to come to South Louisiana and work cleaning up debris.I have my own crew. Please send me in the right direction

I was 6 day without work all road and exit from hwy 61 to Garyville were flooded I wasn't flooded like neighbors but couldn't get out. Is there a relief plan on work miss?Thanks!

I used to do red cross and similar response and aged out....my college was in arts and other areas, so now I donate my artwork to help - successfully - thru my "Art With Heart" at my site ellefagan.com .......I am able to raise some response cash for the response groups - the "dot ogrgs" . MY friends want to join in......which groups are directly responding on site: ones for animals as well as those for "folk" . During Hurricane Katrina some years ago, we did well and this time better...can you refer me to the groups who can use our donations at eBay Giving Works?

Has any decision been made on temporary housing, particularly in the Denham Springs, (Livingston Parish) Louisiana area?

Who do I contact about submitting my companies bid for clean up services in Louisiana? Thanks

I am looking for content that I can include in my communications to members of the New Orleans Federal Executive Board, for further distribution to their staff members, for the purpose of raising the awareness and pride among Federal employees for the Federal response to the Louisiana flooding disaster.

We have damage to our home. About 2 inches entered and ruined the sheetrock behind the molding. We ripped the molding off so show damaged and wet sheetrock. I have video of the water in my home as well as pictures of the damages. We have private insurance but was told contact FEMA anyway. Our private insurance is Gulfstream. The have contacted us but we are waiting for the insurance adjuster to come. Please let me know if you can help in any way. Thanks

We have damage to our home. About 2 inches entered and ruined the sheetrock behind the molding. We ripped the molding off so show damaged and wet sheetrock. I have video of the water in my home as well as pictures of the damages. We have private insurance but was told contact FEMA anyway. Our private insurance is Gulfstream. The have contacted us but we are waiting for the insurance adjuster to come. Please let me know if you can help in any way. Thanks

We have damage to our home. About 2 inches entered and ruined the sheetrock behind the molding. We ripped the molding off so show damaged and wet sheetrock. I have video of the water in my home as well as pictures of the damages. We have private insurance but was told contact FEMA anyway. Our private insurance is Gulfstream. The have contacted us but we are waiting for the insurance adjuster to come. Please let me know if you can help in any way. Thanks

I am getting messages from people that the people in ST. James parish have not received any supplies and they need help. Can someone please deliver supplies to that area?

Hi, If someone could look into why the water is not draining in the Carencro area. I live between Vermillion Bayou and the Bayou St Claire. During the event we had normal minor flooding. Since Sunday following the heaviest rain totals. The water has slowly been rising up. And now 8 days later our home is sitting inches above stagnant water. Our home is built like a mobile home. The underneath acts like my attic. That was fully submerged in water and remained that way for days. Water did not make it into the visible interior. But this damage could and most likely will deam our home unlivable, due to mold and poor air quality. We are lucky enough to have our family take us in. Could be a total loss and the damage is only worsening while the water remains. Why are we suffering with this. We are one family out of hundreds maybe thousands who are dealing with this problem. While 90% of all area are drained. What is preventing this water to move? Why is it not being shown in the media? The design has major flaws and needs to be addressed. And others suffering from this needs to begin question this issue.

Why is the water not draining in our area. We are near St Claire road and wilderness trail. St Claire bayou is SE of us and our home is sitting inches above water and has been that way since Monday of last week. water has not moved much. Our home is built like a trailer home. The attic is underneath the floor. Water did not come into the visible interior. It only submerged the vital organs that we depend on to maintain the air quality. This slow rising and slow draining could potentially make our house unlivable due to mold and structure damages. We are living between our families house until the water drains. Why is this Problem not being addressed or reported by the local media. There is hundreds maybe thousands of families who are suffering with this. Others with a similar issue need to be questioning the same thing. The design is terrible, 90% of lower Lafayette is drained and dry and was that way 2 days after the rain event. The damage continues for many. In other parishes as well.

So glad that president Obama got six agencies to deal with the Louisiana floods!