Important phone numbers for flood victims

Important phone numbers for flood victims

Governor John Bel Edwards visited hard-hit areas across south Louisiana. He urged flood victims to remain patient and said the state is still "saving lives" and in the "response phase" of this flooding disaster.

The low pressure system that brought historic flooding last week is being blamed for seven deaths. More than 20,000 people had to be evacuated to safety.

The governor says he expects to have close to 30 parishes declared disasters because of this flood event.

Currently, the federal government has approved aid for victims in East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes. The threat of backwater flooding is a potential for parts of Ascension and St. James parishes.

A spokesman for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness asks flood victims to register for federal assistance even if they're parish has not yet been declared a disaster.

"The flooding impacted thousands of people.  A number of people lost everything," said Treasurer John Kennedy.  "If you're trying to register for assistance on FEMA's website and can't, please be patient and keep trying."

Below are important phone numbers for flood victims:
National Flood Insurance Program
Volunteer Opportunities

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