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Task Force Requests More Money From Congress For Flood Recovery

At Friday's meeting of the Restore Louisiana Task Force, the members approved a formal request for an additional $2 billion in recovery funds as part of a federal budget proposal being considered by Congress next week.

The state gained access to the first $1.6 billion on April 10th, allowing the homeowner assistance program to begin. The first step in applying for that program is completing the Homeowners Flood Damage Survey. In the first eleven days, nearly fifteen thousand people have done so. That’s less than twenty percent of the households damaged.

Julie Baxter Payer with the Governor’s Office says this survey will also help get up-to-date information on the unmet needs of those affected.

“We believe that with 1.6 billion that we received just last week, that we can help about 36,500 families of the 90,000 homeowners who had FEMA verified loss," she said.

No deadline has been set for the survey, and families and homeowners are urged to participate. The survey can be found on the Restore Louisiana Task Force website, and can also be taken by phone, Monday through Saturday, 7am until 7pm: 866-735-2001

This report is made possible by the Louisiana Public Radio Partnership, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Wallis Watkins is a Baton Rouge native. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from Louisiana State University in 2013. Soon after, she joined WRKF as an intern and is now reporting on health and health policy for Louisiana's Prescription.

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