Some are already calling it the “forgotten flood.” Baton Rouge’s unprecedented flood damage, which began in earnest on August 12, has been referred to as a once-in-a-thousand year rain. Yet it failed to capture public attention for days, nearly costing federal and private aid to the 60,000 homes damaged in disaster-declared areas and almost one third of Louisiana’s parishes.
Fortunately, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration on August 14 and broadened the areas eligible for federal recovery assistance two days later. On August 24, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced a state housing plan that would address temporary housing needs as well as long and short term repairs. But as federal and public attention increases, one factor must not be overlooked: pathways for displaced residents — especially low-income residents — to return home.
The above excerpt was originally published in Real Clear Policy.
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