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Governor Edwards shifting focus to recovery as flood water recedes

Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Source: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office

The road to recovery is becoming clearer while thousands of people continue to fight flood damage across Louisiana.

Governor Jon Bel Edwards and other state officials want to make sure residents have all the tools they need for recovery.

FEMA Director Craig Fugate said that one of the first steps everyone should take is to report the damage to their property to FEMA. 

“Right now we know 2.5 million dollars have already been paid in flood insurance and more will be forthcoming as soon as we can get to some homes," Fugate said. “We are not going to know what you're needs are until you do register.”

The state and federal disaster declarations are making a major difference in getting help quickly according to Governor Edwards.

"What I can tell you, with respect to asking for the extended declarations, is everything that we've asked for has been granted within hours and so we are very appreciative of that," he said.

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser time as Plaquemines Parish President has been a major resource for Edwards.

“I don't want to say expertise, but his experience being a Parish President in Plaquemines Parish that went through a number of disaster declarations while he was there. He's been able to render assistance and I want to thank him for that and continue to do so as we move forward," Edwards said.

Nungesser points out that not only are many people uninsured, but some won't qualify for grants either. “Although you may not be made whole through some type of grant, we are going to be there to assist and work closely with the governor's team to make sure that we help our neighbors," Nungesser said. “One thing we have in Louisiana is a great bunch of people. Neighbors helping neighbors and we've got volunteers already calling from outside Louisiana wanting to come in and help.”

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