DISASTERS: FLOODS : UNITED STATES: STATES: LOUISIANA : ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE: 110,000 Homes Worth a Combined $21 Billion are in Louisiana's Flood-Affected Zones, Study Says
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DISASTERS: FLOODS :
UNITED STATES: STATES: LOUISIANA :
ENVIRONMENT: GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE:
110,000 Homes Worth a Combined $21 Billion are in Louisiana's Flood-Affected Zones, Study Says
110,000 Homes Worth a Combined $21 Billion are in Louisiana's
Flood-Affected Zones, Study Says
By Emma Brown and Sarah Netter
August 19 at 5:22 PM
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LAPLACE, La. The first attempt to assess the scope of damage from the past weeks historic flooding in Louisiana has produced staggering numbers.
Approximately 280,000 people live in the areas that flooded, according to an analysis released Friday by the Baton Rouge Area Chamber. In those flood-affected areas are 110,000 homes worth a combined $20.7 billion and more than 7,000 businesses about one in every five businesses in the region that together employ more than 73,000 people.
The figures underscore two of the biggest challenges that families as well as local, state and federal officials face as they work to recover from the unprecedented flooding: How to house those left suddenly homeless, and how to pay for the recovery.
It doesnt matter what color you are, what you drive, how much is in your bank account. We all flooded, said Jeannine Cockerham, a resident of Central, La., which took a heavy hit in last weeks storms.
[They survived Hurricane Katrina and rebuilt in Baton Rouge. Now theyve lost everything again.]
State officials plan to release information by the middle of next week about how theyre going to address long-term housing plans, Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said at a news conference Friday afternoon. They are considering using trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but that decision hasnt been made yet, he said.
In the short term, some displaced people those who have been staying in shelters, in their cars or in hotels are eligible for a federal program that will pay for hotel stays, Edwards said.
But the enormous job of cleaning up and rebuilding is made more difficult by stores that are still shuttered, leaving those that are open struggling to meet the demand for supplies.
If you go for bread theres really none, If you go for lunch meat theres really none, Cockerham said of the shelves in the area that are nearly bare. Its hard to find cleaning products unless you have someone Amazon.com-ing them in.
And everyone is bracing for a shortage in supplies needed to rebuild, such as carpet, lumber and appliances.
Home Depot and Walmart are out of plastic buckets and fans as well as bleach and the disinfectant Odoban, which people are scrambling for as they try to salvage and sanitize whatever they can.
Business owners are also facing challenges as they work to reopen and meet the needs of their employees, many of whom have been washed out.
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