Residents encouraged to take flood survey

Brandie Richardson Brichardson@weeklycitizen.com

Homeowners who were impacted by the August flood are encouraged to take the flood survey provided by the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program. The program is crucial because it aids in helping eligible homeowners get assistance as quickly as possible and it also provides the state with data on the needs of flood survivors as the state continues to seek additional assistance from Congress. 

"This survey doesn't determine eligibility, it just captures some very basic information so we can really understand and assess the needs of our citizens," said Jeff Haley, the Director of the Homeowner Assistance Program. "We can begin to work with them to understand if they are eligible for this program, and if they are eligible for the program, either reimbursement them for the work they have already done or we can help provide funds and opportunities to rebuild their homes."

The assistance program consists of two phases, a survey and an application. The survey is a brief, 15 minute, online survey that requires no documentation but does need information such as your address, information about your house, how much flood damage occurred, household income and if you had flood insurance. The second phase is the application. Qualified homeowners will be asked to complete the application in groups based on their phase. 

The program is separated into six phases: 

-Phase I: Low to moderate income, elderly or persons with disabilities, outside the floodplain

-Phase II: Low to moderate income, elderly or persons with disabilities, inside the floodplain

-Phase III: Reside withing one of the 10 most impacted or distressed parishes, outside the floodplain, no priority due to income

-Phase IV: Reside withing one of the 10 most impacted or distressed parishes, inside the floodplain, no priority due to income

-Phase V: All other disaster-declared parishes, inside and outside the floodplain

-Phase VI: Reimbursement for homeowners who have completed the rebuilding process at the time they answer the survey or complete the application (except those applicants that qualify for Phase I or II)

Though there is not a deadline to complete the survey, homeowners are encouraged to complete it as soon as possible. 

"If you're a homeowner and your house has flooded and you have not gone online to complete the survey it's critical that you do," Haley added. "There may be resources for the work you have already done or for future work."

For more information, or to complete the survey, visit restore.la.gov or call (866) 73-2001.