Residents urged to report flood damage to help qualify federal aid after storm

Andrew Capps
Lafayette Daily Advertiser
Cars sit stalled on a flooded Nelson Road from heavy rains in Lake Charles, La., Monday, May 17, 2021. (Rick Hickman/American Press via AP)

Lafayette Consolidated Government is urging parish residents to fill out a flood damage survey to help meet the threshold for federal assistance after Monday’s flooding. 

The preliminary damage survey is open to all Louisiana residents who experienced property damage during the storm Monday that dropped more than 6 inches of rain on Lafayette and 12.5 inches on parts of  Lake Charles for some of the highest single-day rainfall totals in those areas’ recorded histories. 

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The survey results are used by Lafayette’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the state to determine which parishes saw enough damage from the storm to qualify for federal assistance. 

Residents can fill out the preliminary damage surveys online at damage.la.gov.

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