FEMA, GOHSEP shift to long-term solutions for flood victims

(Photo Credit: WAFB)
(Photo Credit: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) – Flood victims can no longer depend on weekly updates from FEMA and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).

Leaders said they have shifted their focus to more long-term solutions. They added they look forward to working with the Restore Louisiana Task Force to figure out how some of those more long-term options will take shape.

“We know that we’re moving forward and it will take all kinds of help to bring families home,” said Julie Baxter-Payer, the governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff. “Every family’s path home is a different path and we’ll continue to support that at the governor’s office. All moving families one step closer to their long-term rebuilding plans going forward.”

Representatives with FEMA encourage flood victims to continue to work with them to identify long-term housing options.

Also, progress continues to be made, including with the state’s Shelter at Home program.

“We want to make sure it’s very clear that this is a good investment for Louisiana taxpayers, and we know that we’re moving forward and it will take all kinds of help to bring families home,” Payer said.

The governor’s office said so far, more than 6,400 homes have had Shelter at Home repairs completed.

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