FRENCH SETTLEMENT, LA (NBC33) — Residents of Livingston and Ascension Parishes are eligible for money from FEMA. But they have lots of questions about how to get the most help from the government.
Representative Bill Cassidy hosted the meeting at French Settlement's town hall on Wednesday. Officials from FEMA and the Small Business Association were also on hand to answer questions.
Dozens of people packed into the conference room, spilling out into the hallway. When asked, less than half said they had already applied for federal assistance.
For those who hadn't, FEMA brought in laptops with internet connections, and employees were able to guide residents through the registration process.
Some people said they had not completely cleaned their homes, afraid that fixing the damage caused by Isaac would weaken their cases with FEMA inspectors. But the FEMA officials on hand said that assessors would already know how high the floodwater was at each person's home, and that allowing mold to grow would be even worse.
To start the registration process or get information, visit disasterassistance.gov  or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
FEMA said it had 172 inspectors in Louisiana before the storm hit, but now has more than 1,100.
Also at the meeting, Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said residents from Livingston and Ascension Parishes should contact their parish assessor's office. Residents affected by the storm can have the value of their property reduced, resulting in a smaller tax bill.