Local Updates on South Louisiana Flooding

Posted August 19th:

How to File a Flood Insurance Claim

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Posted August 18th:

FEMA Assistance for Lafayette Parish, Requirements During Cleanup

 

Lafayette Parish residents who were affected by the recent floods may now be eligible for assistance from FEMA. Anyone who was impacted by flooding should register with FEMA, including individuals who are already covered by a flood insurance policy.

 

Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) was notified on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9 a.m. that Lafayette Parish was included in the federal disaster declaration. This federal declaration for the parish triggered the opening of the FEMA individual assistance program for affected residents.

 

All affected individuals, regardless if they are covered by flood insurance, should register damage by one of the following methods:

  • https://www.disasterassistance.gov
  • 1-800-621-3362
  • TTY: 1-800-462-7585

 

LCG is working with federal officials to establish a local FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) for individuals to register in person for federal assistance, with details forthcoming on the location and hours of operation. Flood victims need not visit the DRC if they are able to register with FEMA online or by phone. Individuals who registered before Lafayette Parish was included in the official declaration need not register again. Individuals who made damage claims with the local office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) must register directly with FEMA to be eligible for any federal assistance. Making a claim with the Lafayette HSEP does not qualify individuals to receive FEMA assistance.

 

It may be safe for individuals to begin some demolition, including removing damaged sheetrock and insulation. However, before any repair work begins, such as replacement of sheetrock, the Codes Division must be contacted for permitting and inspection as necessary. (See contact information for the Codes Division below.)

 

As cleanup efforts continue, residents, businesses, and property owners are reminded to purchase the proper permits for flood damage repair and reconstruction. In most cases a minimal residential repair permit is all that is required and can be obtained at the Clifton Chenier Center at 220 W. Willow St., Bld. B. Substantially damaged homes will be subject to additional requirements and permitting.

 

Citizens who have experienced flood damage should follow the tips below to document the loss to property, as well as tips to rebuild:

  • If you have flood insurance, contact your insurance company for guidance on filing a claim.
  • Anyone impacted by flooding should register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (800-621-3362).
  • Be prepared to provide the name of property owner, address of damaged property, if the property is covered by flood insurance, the amount of water in the building and approximate cost to repair to pre-flood condition.
  • Take photos of all damage to property prior to repairs or cleanup.
  • Call the LCG Codes Division at 337-291-8461 for inspection prior to replacing any sheetrock or wall covering or with any questions.
  • Contact the LCG Codes Division at 337-291-8461 to obtain permits prior to repair or reconstruction.
  • Save all receipts for work done and all materials purchased.
  • Use only state licensed and registered contractors for any repairs.

 

For more information on FEMA visit www.disasterassistance.gov.
For more information on LCG’s Codes Division visit www.lafayettela.gov/pzd/codes.

 

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Posted August 16th:

Additional Parishes Added to Federal Disaster Declaration

BATON ROUGE – Gov. John Bel Edwards’ request that President Barack Obama expand the existing federal declaration for the state of Louisiana to include additional parishes has been granted. These eight additional parishes were included in Gov. Edwards’ initial request for a federal disaster declaration but required additional data.

The eight newly approved parishes include:

  • Acadia
  • Ascension
  • East Feliciana
  • Iberia
  • Lafayette
  • Pointe Coupee
  • St. Landry
  • Vermilion

“I have traveled to the impacted parishes and met with families dealing with devastating loss due to this historic flood event,” said Gov. Edwards. “I am grateful that the federal government has added additional parishes to this disaster declaration. We are traveling the state with FEMA representatives who are constantly collecting data on the damage, and we will continuously update our request to add more parishes as needed. I am optimistic that more parishes will be approved as we work around the clock to ensure every resource is available to the people of Louisiana.”

Yesterday, on Aug. 15, Gov. Edwards submitted additional information for eight additional parishes to be added to the Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government. On Aug. 14, Gov. Edwards requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster for 21 Louisiana parishes. Four parish requests were granted in the initial declaration – East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa, the first parishes in the state struck by high water. Additional parishes will continuously be added to the declaration on a rolling basis.

The 21 initially requested parishes include:

  • Allen
  • Ascension
  • Avoylles
  • East Baton Rouge
  • East Feliciana
  • Iberia
  • Iverville
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Lafayette
  • Livingston
  • Pointe Capee
  • St. Helena
  • St. Landry
  • St. Martin
  • St. Tammany
  • Tangipahoa
  • Vermilion
  • Washington

Since Saturday, Aug. 13, Gov. Edwards has traveled the state with officials to assess the damage, including traveling with a FEMA representative who could provide immediate feedback to the federal government.

Additional parish requests will be made in the coming days.

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Posted August 15th:

Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) Offers Guidance to Those Affected by Flood Waters

As Lafayette Parish moves into the recovery phase following the recent flooding, the assessment of damage is critical for individual property owners as well as the parish as a whole. Citizens who have experienced flood damage should follow the tips below to document the loss to property, as well as tips to rebuild:

  • Anyone impacted by flooding should register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA (800-621-3362). This includes residents of parishes that have not yet been included as a federally declared disaster. Note, hold times may exceed 30 minutes when calling due to the high volume of calls.
  • Be prepared to provide the name of property owner, address of damaged property, if the property is covered by flood insurance, the amount of water in the building and approximate cost to repair to pre-flood condition.
  • If you currently have flood insurance, contact your insurance company for guidance on filing a claim.
  • Take photos of all damage to property prior to repairs or cleanup.
  • Save all receipts for work done and all materials purchased.
  • Use only state licensed and registered contractors for any repairs.
  • Purchase permits prior to repair or reconstruction. Contact the LCG Codes Division at 337-291-8461 for assistance.

Parish Damage Assessment and Federal Assistance
Lafayette Parish officials are currently making every effort to document the cumulative damage in the parish. This is necessary for the parish’s application for federal assistance. To assist in this effort, individuals who have sustained property damage should contact Lafayette Parish Office of Homeland Security at 337-291-5060. Operators will be available for assistance in damage assessment and any federal assistance that may be available.

Repair/Reconstruction
As cleanup efforts begin, residents, businesses, and property owners are reminded to purchase the proper permits for flood damage repair and reconstruction. In most cases a minimal residential repair permit is all that is required and can be obtained at the Clifton Chenier Center at 220 W. Willow St., Bld. B. Substantially damaged homes will be subject to additional requirements and permitting.

Make sure to call the LCG Codes Division at 337-291-8461 for inspection prior to replacing any sheetrock or wall covering or with any questions.

For more information on FEMA visit www.disasterassistance.gov<http://www.disasterassistance.gov>.

For more information on LCG’s Codes Division visit www.lafayettela.gov/pzd/codes<http://www.lafayettela.gov/pzd/codes>.

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Gov. Edwards, DOTD, Officials Highlight $60 Million Transportation Project

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LAFAYETTE – Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn Wilson and local elected officials to highlight a major transportation project set to begin between the I-10/I-49 interchange and the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded a $60 million FASTLANE grant to the state of Louisiana to partially fund the project. The award was made based on an application by the Edwards administration.

“I am committed to improving our state’s infrastructure to support Louisiana’s growing economy, and that starts by bringing our federal tax dollars home,” said Gov. Edwards. “For too long, infrastructure needs in this state have been ignored, but by partnering with state, local and federal officials, we can make a real impact on the lives of our citizens. I’m proud of the application we’ve put together to receive this financial support, and I am looking forward to moving projects along all across this state.”

“Being one of 18 FASTLANE grants  recipients in the nation is a validation that Louisiana’s new multimodal transportation policy is delivering real projects,” said Dr. Wilson. “This is further evidence that DOTD can deliver transformative infrastructure projects that make a difference for communities and our economy with the necessary resources. However, we cannot just rely on one-time federal funds to maintain and build the system we deserve.”

“Louisiana can’t build a thriving twenty-first century economy on crumbling roads and highways,” said Rep. Charles Boustany. “The I-10 corridor supports Louisiana jobs and economic activity from large industries to small businesses. That’s why this funding is vitally important. I’m proud to work together with state and local officials to ensure I-10 continues to be a main artery of commerce across Louisiana and the Southern United States.”

“The intersection of I-49 and I-10 through Lafayette is a critical commercial corridor for the country and our state,” said Lafayette City-Parish President Joel Robideaux. “This investment is forward-thinking rather than reactionary. It anticipates and addresses future infrastructure needs. Lafayette is and always will be an enthusiastic partner with state and federal government on infrastructure projects. I thank Gov. Edwards for his leadership in securing these much needed funds. I urge all elected officials to rally behind his call for improving our roadways. The economic viability of our state depends on it.”

“We are very excited to be a part of this FASTLANE award grant. Infrastructure is a key component to economic development and the growth of a community,” said Guy Cormier, St. Martin Parish President. “St. Martin Parish, and all of Acadiana, will benefit tremendously from these improvements, and we look forward to working with the state to help move this project forward.”

This project will improve a portion of the interstate system that carried 120 million tons of freight worth $204 billion in 2015. The entire I-10 corridor is experiencing tremendous growth, but this is the most competitive section given the federal grant requirements. Traffic counts from 2016 indicate that more than 33 percent of all vehicles traveling on this portion of I-10 are freight related. Future freight flows are expected to grow by 55 percent, and the value of the freight will grow to an estimated $435.3 million. The entire project is estimated to cost more than $300 million.

“I am excited for the start of this great project that will go through House District 44 and have a great impact on the Acadiana region, said State Rep. Vincent Pierre. “I am greatly appreciative for the hardwork that Gov. Edwards and Secretary Wilson exhibited to secure these funds.”

“What a great expression of leadership by Gov. Edwards,” said State Sen. Gerald Boudreaux. “Because of his commitment to developing a relationship with President Obama and the federal government, we are the beneficiaries of a $60 million dollar project. This project comes at the right time to stimulate our economy.”

In April, the Edwards administration formally submitted an application for the federal transportation grant, following through with a commitment from Gov. Edwards to bring federal dollars back to Louisiana to reinvest in infrastructure.

By investing in this project, the state will now have the ability to dedicate available funds to advance other infrastructure projects. Gov. Edwards announced the award in July, outlining various projects that would progress in Louisiana.

In addition, in June 2016, Gov. Edwards announced the creation of the Task Force on Transportation Infrastructure Investment. The task force will make recommendations to Gov. Edwards to improve infrastructure in the state.

The duties of the task force include:

  • Research, identify, and make specific actionable recommendations for achieving sufficient increased levels of recurring funding to address the transportation backlog in highway and bridge maintenance needs in Louisiana.
  • Research, identify, and make specific actionable recommendations to be introduced in 2017 to fund a robust, multimodal construction program to address immediate needs that preserve the state’s investments in infrastructure and build “megaprojects” included in the Louisiana Statewide Transportation Plan, Priority A and Priority B.

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LQHBA Provides Scholarships and Donations

Senator Boudreaux had the opportunity to be present at the presentation of two donation ceremonies at Delta Downs by the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association (LQHBA) earlier this month. On July 9th, the LQHBA provided $1,000 scholarships for two high school graduates from Sulphur, DeAnna Bonham and Jace Gilbert. Both students will be continuing their higher education this fall at McNeese State University. “While the primary goals of the LQHBA is to promote breeding and racing in the state, the association remains dedicated to offering higher education for Louisiana youth. Since its inception in 2001, the LQHBA scholarship program has earmarked over $430.000 for Louisiana students to attend a higher education institution.”

 

The LQHBA also donated $5,000 to the Special Olympics of Louisiana organization. The non-profit organization “changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics Louisiana provides sports training and athletic competitions and transform lives through the joy of sport. Currently, 14,639 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Louisiana participate in over approximately 100 competitions.”

 

For more information on the presentation of these awards and the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, visit their website by clicking here.

 

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Sen. Boudreaux Co-Hosts Medicaid Family Enrollment Event

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I am co-hosting a Medicaid Family Enrollment Event in partnership with Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana and the LA Department of Health.  We are here to help you understand the new eligibility requirements for Medicaid and get you the care you and your family need.  Contact Certified Navigator Terri Kebodeaux for more information by calling 337-989-0001.

Inauguration Day Photos

Sen. Boudreaux and Daughter Lead the Senate in Prayer and the National Anthem

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Both Senator Boudreaux and his daughter, Hallie, had opportunities to stand in front of the Louisiana State Senate and provide them with moments to reflect before dealing with the business of our state. In the final week of session, Senator Boudreaux led the Senate in prayer in preparation for the final stretch of legislative affairs. You can find the video of his prayer by clicking here. His prayer starts at 0:35.

 

Hallie graced the senate chambers with her voice as well by singing our National Anthem. She sang beautifully and her father couldn’t be more proud. Click here to find the video of Hallie singing the National Anthem. She begins at 6:21.

Sen. Boudreaux to Attend White House Briefing

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Senator Gerald Boudreaux will be attending a State Legislative Leadership Briefing at the White House on July 21, 2016 hosted by the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. The briefing will be an opportunity to meet with Senior White House officials to discuss current issues, exchange ideas about the President’s domestic policy priorities, and how we can continue to work together to make progress at the state level.

 

Here is the tentative agenda:

1:00-1:10pm: Welcome & Framing

1:10-1:30pm: Gun Violence Prevention

1:30-2:15pm: Education

2:15-3:00pm: Economic Opportunity for Women

3:00-3:15pm: Break

3:15-4:00pm: Criminal Justice Reform

4:00-5:00pm: Discussion & Close

***Agenda Subject to Change***

Sen. Boudreaux Mourns the Loss of Mr. Joseph Daniel

Mr. Joseph Daniel, father of Mr. Anthony Daniel (A.D.) departed this life July 9, 2016. Visitation and church services will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 4600 Reed Rd., Houston, Texas 77051. Visitation will be from 8:45-9:55am, followed by Mass at 10:00am.

 

Mr. Daniel is the Director of Operations at the Opelousas District office of Senator Gerald Boudreaux and was the Senator’s college roommate.  Senator Boudreaux is asking for prayers and support for Mr. Daniel and his family.

Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana Thanks Sen. Gerald Boudreaux!

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It is always a great sense of accomplishment when a bill that I’ve been working on tirelessly along with other legislators finally passes. This past season, the Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA) bill, along with two other pension reform bills were passed.

Director of the TRSL, Maureen Westward recently wrote to me,”I want to particularly thank you for your support of the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) bill, SB 2, and the two pension reform bills, SB5 and SB 18, tied to its passage.”

The passage gives a 1.5% benefit increase to eligible TRSL retirees and beneficiaries, something that has been in the works since 2015. “The passage of these bills, now Act 93, 94, and 95 will provide TRSL’s retirees and beneficiaries with a much needed benefit increase this year.”

Teachers are an extremely important group of people in our society as they are the ones who lay down the foundation to help build a better community. Louisiana’s education system has taken some hits this year, but it is with great consolation to know that our retired educators will now be taken care of.

Education Reform Group Thanks Sen. Boudreaux

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Senator Boudreaux is being thanked by the Education Reform Now Advocacy Committee for his dedication to improving education in our state and preparing a better future for our children. Be on the lookout for mailers like the ones shown above from the committee that that talk about some of the progress that has been made in education thanks to the efforts of our state legislature. There is still much work to be done, but the future is looking bright!