Hurricane Isaac Damaged almost 59,000 Residences in Louisiana

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State
analysis of inspection data shows St. John the Baptist, Plaquemines parishes
suffered most severe home damage

BATON ROUGE, La. –
Hurricane Isaac damaged almost 59,000 homes in Louisiana, with the most severe
losses in St. John the Baptist and Plaquemines parishes, according to data from
door-to-door inspections of homes, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security
and Emergency Preparedness reported Friday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency performs
home inspections when citizens register for assistance and note that they have
damage. As of Wednesday, FEMA has completed more than 120,000 home inspections,
or almost 99 percent of the total inspections ordered. Using data from these
inspections, Louisiana's Long Term Housing Task Force compiled housing damage
figures for each parish so that local leaders would have accurate information
about the severity of damage in their communities.

As Louisiana recovers from Hurricane Isaac, the
state's Department of Children and Family Services and the Louisiana Housing
Corporation are working with GOHSEP, the Office of Community
Development-Disaster Recovery Unit, and other state and federal agencies on a
Long Term Housing Task Force, which aims to work with local leaders to identify
housing solutions for the communities recovering from the hurricane. 

GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis said, “The majority of
housing inspections have been completed. We'll continue to support parish
leaders in their efforts to help communities recover from this devastating
storm and will continue to advocate for residents who find themselves without
homes as a result of Isaac.”

Based on this inspection data, the state's report
shows:

  • A
    total of 58,952 residences in Louisiana suffered some level of damage in
    Hurricane Isaac;
  • 46,663
    owner-occupied homes had verified damage. Of this group, 2,055 homes had damage
    greater than $20,000;
  • 12,289
    renters lived in residences that received some level of damage. Of this group,
    3,516 renters lived in residences with substantial or major damage;
  • In
    total, around 5,571 homeowners and renters lived in residences that suffered
    more than minor damage.

Jefferson parish had the largest number of homes
where inspectors found damage, but the most severe home damage was in St. John
the Baptist Parish, according to inspections. More than half of all homes that
inspectors found to have more than $20,000 in damage were in St. John the
Baptist parish. Plaquemines Parish saw the second most severe damage to homes,
with 411 homes in that parish having more than $20,000 in damage, based on
inspections.

Jefferson, Orleans, St. John the Baptist and St. Tammany
parishes saw the most rental units with damage, according to the inspection
data.

Not every home damaged by Isaac received a home
inspection because some homeowners may have opted not to register for FEMA
assistance.

PARISH BY PARISH FIGURES (also attached):

By-parish
statistics were compiled by the state based on inspection data provided by FEMA
to the state-led Long Term Housing Task Force. This information was compiled by
the state to assist officials in determining what housing needs exist in a community
based on the extent and severity of damage to homes in an area.

 

This
data is based on inspection results for residents who registered for FEMA
assistance and may not be inclusive of every damaged home in an area. Data was
provided to the state as of September 26, 2012.

 

ISAAC HOUSING DAMAGE IN LOUISIANA (As
of September 26, 2012)

Parish

Total

Owner Occupied

Owner Occupied with more than $20,000
in damage

Total

Renter Occupied

Renter Occupied with Substantial or
Major Damage

Ascension

964

12

148

44

Assumption

513

1

49

9

East Baton Rouge

770

1

344

80

East Feliciana

156

0

9

4

Iberville

463

2

52

9

Jefferson

9,494

62

3,418

761

Lafourche

1,853

20

250

49

Livingston

2,154

61

299

110

Orleans

6,819

23

2,958

592

Plaquemines

2,556

411

427

205

St. Bernard

1,922

6

335

61

St. Charles

1,179

9

189

21

St. Helena

463

0

19

3

St. James

856

4

97

31

St. John the Baptist

5,454

1,220

1,417

799

St. Mary

1,037

4

90

21

St. Tammany

3,476

142

1,096

452

Tangipahoa

3,836

46

748

177

Terrebonne

1,538

11

157

35

Washington

1,109

18

184

51

West Feliciana

51

2

3

2

Total 

46,663

2,055

12,289

3,516

 

FEMA
INSPECTIONS BY PARISH (As of September 26, 2012)

Issued

Complete

Ascension

2,017

1,986

Assumption

854

831

East Baton Rouge

3,006

2,810

East Feliciana

267

250

Iberville

804

785

Jefferson

31,170

30,957

Lafourche

3,104

3,067

Livingston

3,593

3,528

Orleans

31,068

30,847

Plaquemines

4,515

4,490

St. Bernard

4,552

4,531

St. Charles

2,434

2,407

St. Helena

762

743

St. James

1,429

1,406

St. John the Baptist

9,868

9,827

St. Mary

1,591

1,545

St. Tammany

8,034

7,974

Tangipahoa

7,649

7,537

Terrebonne

2,644

2,578

Washington

2,047

2,024

West Feliciana

98

86

Total

121,506

120,209

 

ABOUT FEMA ASSISTANCE:

Residents
in 21 parishes may be eligible for FEMA Individual Assistance, which helps
those living in affected areas who sustained uninsured or underinsured
Isaac-related damage to their homes, vehicles, personal property, business or
its inventory beginning August 26, 2012.

 

More
than $90.1 million in FEMA recovery grants already has been approved for
temporary housing, home repairs or replacements and other needs for individuals
and families.  In addition, more than $17.5 million in low-interest
disaster loans have been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for
521 homeowners and businesses.

 

Residents
in the following Louisiana parishes may be eligible for FEMA assistance:
Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson,
Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St.
Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa,
Terrebonne, Washington and West Feliciana.

 

Louisiana
residents can apply for disaster assistance in two ways: by applying online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or
calling 1-800-621-3362. Residents with speech or hearing impairments should
call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Users of 711-Relay or Video Relay Services should
call 1-800-621-3362.

 

The
Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is
charged with leading and supporting Louisiana and its Citizens in the
preparation for, response to and recovery from all emergencies and disasters.
For more information, visit http://gohsep.la.gov or
follow the agency on Twitter as @GOHSEP and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gohsep

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