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After Baton Rouge: Recovery, Relief, Return

Danielle Baussan discusses the recent flood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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. Click here to view the full article.

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