One year ago today, heavy rains began pouring down along I-20, causing widespread flooding. The
flood prompted a federal disaster declaration for 37 parishes. Congressman Ralph Abraham says he’s frustrated federal money has yet to make it to flood victims who are rebuilding their homes.
He says many flood
victims are paying for repairs out of pocket or getting help from other
“I just saw a report where a young lady had finally got back in her home after a year up in the Monroe area, but it wasn’t due to any federal or state help. It was due to church based help,” Abraham said.
Abraham says for some, the Great Flood of 2016 refers only to the devastating August flood in south Louisiana. But he says he was waist deep in water during the flood in north Louisiana, and 21,000 households was damaged. But he says homeowners weren’t the only ones impacted by the March flood.
“The other thing we cannot forget is our agricultural community that are still rebounding and trying to recover from that March flood also. So we’ve got to take care of our farmers. They take care of us every day,” Abraham said.
Another 6,000 structures were also impacted by the flood. Officials estimate road and bridge damage alone is over $20 million. Abraham says the next step is allocating the federal funds to rebuild infrastructure and help business owners and flood victims rebuild as quickly as possible.
“We’ve got to get this money in the hands of the businesses and the people that have been displaced and are still displaced and are still looking for a way to get their lives back together,” Abraham said.