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Survey to help La. residents with 2016 flood damage begins tomorrow morning

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(Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards' website) (Source: Gov. John Bel Edwards' website)
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The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program survey will open tomorrow morning, starting at 7 a.m., for homeowners affected by the March and August 2016 floods in the state, according to a news release by the office of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

The survey is the beginning of the homeowner assistance program, through which the state will help flooded homeowners with rebuilding assistance and some reimbursement - once the federal government makes the funds Congress has appropriated to Louisiana available to the state to spend.   

The survey will be available for all flood-impacted homeowners to take on the website beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, April 10. 

Homeowners can also choose to fill out the survey using a phone number - 1-866-735-2001 - which will be activated beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, April 10.

The survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete and does not require documentation, does not have to be completed on the opening date, and eligibility is not determined on a first-come-first-serve basis, the governor's office said in the news release.

Based on their answers, homeowners will be placed in different application phases, according to the release:

Given the limitation of funding so far from Congress, the state has placed applicants in phases that comply with federal guidelines on how this money can be spent. Those phases are:

All Phases: Must have major or severe home damage and no structural flood insurance at the time of the flood

Phase I-II: Low-to-moderate income, elderly (62 and over) or persons with disabilities

Phase III-IV: 10 most impacted or distressed parishes – Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Livingston, Ouachita, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion and Washington

Phase V: The remaining 41 flood-impacted parishes

Phase VI: Reimbursement for homeowners who have completed the rebuilding process at the time they answer the survey or complete the application

Over the next few months, the state government will roll out additional assistance programs to place more affordable rental property on the market, and to assist small businesses in their recovery, the governor's office said in the news release. 

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