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WASHINGTON — A raft of changes to federal disaster policy, including a number directly affecting those hit by the 2016 Louisiana floods, are now sitting before the U.S. Senate for the second time in the past six months after clearing the House of Representatives.
As many as 10,000 flooded homeowners in Louisiana who have been hampered in rebuilding by eligibility restrictions on federal aid dollars could access up to $120 million in grants due to a recent change in federal law, state officials say.
BATON ROUGE -- Gov. John Bel Edwards reiterated a previous request to federal officials demanding interpretation of the Duplication of Benefits penalty, one of the biggest roadblocks to Livingston Parish and other areas working to recover from the flood events of 2016.
Louisiana anglers will get to fish more waters for more days than normally allowed for red snapper for the next two years under a newly approved test program.
Federal officials approved Louisiana’s request to oversee the snapper seasons, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said today.
Sometimes the best way to prod Congress to do something is to take the initiative, and that is exactly what the Federal Emergency Management Agency is doing in the flood insurance field. Congress can’t seem to agree on how to save the debt-burdened program.
One year after the Great Flood of 2016, a cadre of delegates from Washington, D.C., brought HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson to little Livingston Parish to view the recovery.
Well, the good doctor probably thought it was fairly little.
Starting in April 2018, Medicare will begin mailing new cards to everyone who gets Medicare benefits. Why? To help protect your identity, Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Instead, the new cards will have a unique Medicare Number. This will happen automatically. You don’t need to do anything or pay anyone to get your new card.
WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making a handful of tweaks to the National Flood Insurance Program to inject more private money into the government-dominated flood insurance market.
"This new investment from HUD is critically important to our rebuilding efforts. It will allow us to make investments in flood risk reduction and infrastructure projects in areas of our state that were devastated by the 2016 floods, including partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers to make investments in large-scale projects, such as the Comite River Diversion Canal.
The announcement that the Louisiana Legislature will be making a serious effort toward funding and, in due time, finishing the Comite River Diversion Canal brings a bit of hope to the Capitol Region drainage situation.