louisiana flooding News

Louisiana Starts Over in Search for Flood Program Management Firm

Louisiana is scrapping its first attempt to hire a firm to manage the state’s $1.6 billion flood recovery program and will restart the search process. The Advocate reports that Gov. John Bel Edwards’ deputy chief of staff Julie Baxter Payer …

Louisiana Commissioner Extends Flooding Emergency Rule after Tornadoes

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has issued Emergency Rule 32, which extends previous emergency rules issued after the historic flooding in the state in August 2016. The Louisiana Department of Insurance said the commissioner promulgated the new emergency rule due …

Couple Wanted in Louisiana Flood Contractor Fraud Scheme

Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, sheriff’s deputies say a man and a woman with numerous aliases are wanted in a flood contractor scheme that has taken more than $35,000 from two victims already in the Ponchatoula and Robert areas. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman …

Louisiana Governor’s Latest Federal Flood Request Aid Upped to $4B

Gov. John Bel Edwards bumped up his request to more than $4 billion for federal flood disaster aid to repair south Louisiana’s flood destruction, according to a letter to the White House released Friday. The Democratic governor’s earlier request totaled …

Ag Disaster Declared in 24 Louisiana Parishes, 2 Texas Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has named 24 Louisiana parishes and two Texas counties agricultural disaster areas because of last month’s storms and flooding. Eleven parishes are primary disaster areas, and the others are adjacent to them, the Louisiana Department …

August Flood Damage to Louisiana Agriculture: $277M

A new study says the mid-August flooding’s wreckage of south Louisiana crops and farmland caused an estimated $277 million in damage. The estimate released Tuesday by LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry is more than twice his original damage assessment of …

National Flood Insurance Program Claim Filing Deadline Extended in Louisiana

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted an extension for Louisiana National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders affected by August’s severe storms and flooding to file proof-of-loss claims. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon earlier this month asked FEMA to …

Louisiana Disaster Response Improved Post-Katrina but Gaps Remain

Eleven years ago, Sam Barbera hooked up his boat and headed to New Orleans to ferry people from Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters. Four weeks ago, he found himself in another boat for rescues — this time at home in Baton Rouge, …

Louisiana Commissioner Urges Flood Insurance Proof of Loss Extension

As a result of the record-breaking flooding in his state in August, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to extend the filing deadline for Louisiana policyholders impacted by  the flooding. FEMA’s National Flood …

Louisiana Governor: Flood Damage at Least $8.7B

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure. The governor’s office on …