Hurricane Isaac aid to residents tops $2 million
MORGAN CITY, La. — Nearly three months ago, Hurricane Isaac swamped Louisiana with torrential rains, high winds and storm surge.
Of the $116.7 million the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved in disaster assistance, 2,024 St. Mary Parish residents have received $2.06 million, while the parish has received $18,460 in public assistance.
On the Small Business Administration side, $135.3 million in low-interest disaster loans has been approved statewide. In St. Mary, 10 loans were approved totaling nearly $2.48 million. Of those, eight were for homeowners and two were for businesses.
Since August, local, state, federal and voluntary agencies, plus the private sector, have worked hand in hand with survivors to help them recover from the storm’s destruction.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal assistance has jump-started the recovery efforts of individual survivors, their families and their communities in the 55 parishes designated for individual and/or public assistance. More help will arrive with the rollout of recovery programs designed to help Louisiana residents over the long haul.
“Louisianans have made tremendous progress in their journey toward recovery from Hurricane Isaac,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar of FEMA. “The efforts of the survivors themselves, combined with those of the whole recovery community, have made all the difference in Louisiana.”
For many, assistance came almost immediately. Just a week after the Aug. 29 disaster declaration for Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana, more than $10 million in state and federal disaster assistance had already headed to survivors. Within 16 days, that total had soared to $100 million.
Today, disaster assistance has topped $365 million. This includes more than $116 million in grants from FEMA’s individual assistance program, more than $135 million in low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, and more than $113 million in reimbursements to the state and local governments from FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Separately, the FEMA-administered National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $370 million on claims from policyholders in Louisiana.
Because FEMA extended the individual assistance registration deadline, Hurricane Isaac survivors have until Nov. 29 to register for potential assistance.
Residents can register or check the status of their cases online at www.disasterassistance.gov, via smartphone at m.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585. Those who use 711 Relay or Video Relay Services may call 1-800-621-3362. FEMA phone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available.