Louisiana Farmers and Ranchers Have Options for Assistance

Government officials leaned over soybean crops on the edge of a soybean crop field.BATON ROUGE, La. – Farmers and ranchers affected by the August flooding could be eligible for assistance from several agencies.Louisiana emergency management officials and the Federal Emergency Management Agency can assist survivors who are farmers and ranchers with some immediate personal needs.The U.S. Small Business Administration offers low-interest loans to farmers and ranchers for rebuilding or repairing their primary homes and replacing lost or damaged personal property. Call the SBA at 916-764-9918.To begin the application process, call FEMA at 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585, or for those who use 711 or Video Relay...

Disaster Loan Outreach Center to Open in Iberville Parish for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is opening a disaster loan outreach center on Monday, Sept. 19, in Iberville Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice.  Iberville ParishLocation:  East Iberville Gym                  3285 Highway 75                  St. Gabriel, LA 70776Hours:      9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday)The new disaster loan outreach center will be transitioning from the FEMA disaster recovery center that will close on Friday, Sept. 16. With the community continuing to repair and...

Disaster Loan Outreach Center to Open in Iberville Parish for Louisiana Survivors

BATON ROUGE, La. – The U.S. Small Business Administration is opening a disaster loan outreach center on Monday, Sept. 19, in Iberville Parish to assist Louisiana flood survivors. The center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice.  Iberville ParishLocation:  East Iberville Gym                  3285 Highway 75                  St. Gabriel, LA 70776Hours:      9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday)The new disaster loan outreach center will be transitioning from the FEMA disaster recovery center that will close on Friday, Sept. 16. With the community continuing to repair and...

Disaster Recovery Center in East Feliciana Parish Closing Saturday

BATON ROUGE, La. – The disaster recovery center at the following address is closing at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17:East Feliciana ParishLocation:  Gym at the Early Learning Center                  9414 Plank Road (Highway 67)                  Clinton, LA 70722With the community continuing to repair and rebuild, its need for this disaster recovery center has diminished, leading to the facility’s closure.Survivors can still visit any other disaster recovery centers and may locate other centers near them by going online to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, or downloading the FEMA mobile app.For more...

Disaster Recovery Center in East Feliciana Parish Closing Saturday

BATON ROUGE, La. – The disaster recovery center at the following address is closing at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17:East Feliciana ParishLocation:  Gym at the Early Learning Center                  9414 Plank Road (Highway 67)                  Clinton, LA 70722With the community continuing to repair and rebuild, its need for this disaster recovery center has diminished, leading to the facility’s closure.Survivors can still visit any other disaster recovery centers and may locate other centers near them by going online to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, or downloading the FEMA mobile app.For more...

Mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Pointe Coupee Parish Closing Friday

BATON ROUGE, La. – The disaster recovery center at the following address is closing at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16:Pointe Coupee ParishLocation:  False River Parking Lot                  1200 Major Parkway                  New Roads, LA 70760With the community continuing to repair and rebuild, its need for this disaster recovery center has diminished, leading to the facility’s closure.Survivors can still visit any other disaster recovery centers and may locate other centers near them by going online to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, or downloading the FEMA mobile app.For more information or to...

Mobile Disaster Recovery Center in Pointe Coupee Parish Closing Friday

BATON ROUGE, La. – The disaster recovery center at the following address is closing at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16:Pointe Coupee ParishLocation:  False River Parking Lot                  1200 Major Parkway                  New Roads, LA 70760With the community continuing to repair and rebuild, its need for this disaster recovery center has diminished, leading to the facility’s closure.Survivors can still visit any other disaster recovery centers and may locate other centers near them by going online to fema.gov/disaster-recovery-centers, calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362, or downloading the FEMA mobile app.For more information or to...

Flood Insurance Rates Remain Unchanged

BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite the worst flooding in recent Louisiana history, flood insurance continues to be available to homeowners, renters and businesses at the pre-flood price. Widespread flood losses in Louisiana will not cause flood insurance rates to rise above scheduled annual increases, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.The August flooding does not trigger remapping of flood zones, or changes in base flood elevations. That includes the remapping efforts that have been in process for several years in six of the designated parishes. Revisions of Flood Insurance Rate Maps...

Flood Insurance Rates Remain Unchanged

BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite the worst flooding in recent Louisiana history, flood insurance continues to be available to homeowners, renters and businesses at the pre-flood price. Widespread flood losses in Louisiana will not cause flood insurance rates to rise above scheduled annual increases, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.The August flooding does not trigger remapping of flood zones, or changes in base flood elevations. That includes the remapping efforts that have been in process for several years in six of the designated parishes. Revisions of Flood Insurance Rate Maps...

Applying for Federal Disaster Assistance Usually Takes Two Steps

BATON ROUGE, La. – Are you a homeowner or renter whose home is uninhabitable or who lost valuables because of Louisiana’s recent severe storms and floods? It takes two steps to get possible federal help for these losses.Step one: Apply for FEMA help.Step two: Return a completed application for a low-interest disaster loan if you were referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) after applying with FEMA.FEMA cannot make you whole, but it may help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe,...