UL-Lafayette College of Business hosts flood recovery seminars


LAFAYETTE, La (KLFY) – UL-Lafayette College of Business administration hosted the first of two free seminars Friday afternoon designed to help Acadiana residents affected by the recent flooding.

About 75 people turned out to learn more about what flood victims should know as they go through the recovery process.

The informational seminar featured speakers from State Farm and the Louisiana Department of Revenue.

“We talked about the adjustment process and how to establish a rapport with your State Farm claim representative,” said State Farm representative, Bill Gourgues.

Dr. Gwen Fontenot, Interim Dean for the College of Business at UL-Lafayette, says this seminar was a way for the public to be educated on flood recovery resources out there that are available.

“There were so many people in the community that were devastated and we knew that going through something like this, there are so many areas that you just don’t know about because you’ve never been through this before,” said Dr. Fontenot.

Gourgues was one of several speakers at the seminar who spoke on what he says are key things to know before filing a claim.

“We ask our customers to register their policies before disaster strikes, also to review their coverage with their agents before disaster strikes so at claim time our customers are informed about what they need to do next,” said Gourgues.

Ellen Cook, Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs at UL-Lafayette, was affected by the recent flooding and says she walked away from the seminar with a lot of useful information, learning about things such as what casualty losses are and rules for tax deductions.

“I think that at the end of this afternoon people will feel a little more secure about their situation,” said Cook.

There will be one more free seminar Saturday from 9am- 12pm at the Heymann Center.

Dr. Fontenot asks that attendees pre-register for the seminar through floodrecovery.eventbrite.com, but she says it’s not required and the public is welcomed to just show up.

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