Category Emergency water restoration

After Water Clean Up in Louisiana, Damage Remains

Flood restoration

Water clean up efforts in Louisiana are mostly complete after historic floods in the southern part of the state, but the water damage clean up has only just begun — and it may be a longer road to recovery than anyone previously thought.

More than 134,000 households have applied for aid from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Association. About 115,000 inspections have been completed so far. The organization is having trouble keeping up with demand for temporary shelter and assistance.

FEMA estimates that there has been $8.7 billion in damages because of the flooding in Louisiana. That’s over half the amount of total home flooding losses in the entire year of 2015 ($16.1 billion) or 2014 ($15.3 billion).

Part of the issue is that many homeowners didn’t have flood insurance, since they liv

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