Flood damage claims deadline extended, residents reminisce on the flood of 2016

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MONROE, La. (9/26/18) – When the heavy rain pours in the Arklamiss, Rebecca Leaumont can’t help but take a painful trip down memory lane.

“The storage unit where our stuff was stored actually flooded”, she said.

 Memories of the many things the fast moving water washed away come flooding back.

“The sentimental things are what made it tough. Our keepsakes photo albums, and baby books, wedding dress things like that” said Leaumont. 

The flood of 2016 is still very difficult for many Monroe residents to put behind them, especially those who are still cleaning up trying to recover. 

Jerry Wilhite has lived on Harmon Johnson Road for 16 years. He says he’s never seen anything like it.

“People got water that hadn’t got water in 40 years. It just came real fast and it just kept raining”, said Wilhite. 

Restore Louisiana, the task force handling flood damage claims, is now giving residents extra time to file.

“We’re going to be able to help some folks now that we were not able to help before”, said Pat Forbes, executive director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development.

Governor John Bel Edwards decided to reopen the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program Survey and extend the formal application deadline until November 16th.

“So those folks who thought they weren’t going to get any help from the restore program. This is their opportunity”, said Forbes.

Monroe resident, Neal Angrum, says his family was lucky their home wasn’t damaged in 2016, but he says, it was a wakeup call reminding him to be prepared just in case.

“Right after that flood we purchased flood insurance”, said Angrum.

The survey takes less than 15 minutes to complete and can be accessed by clicking here or by calling 1-866-735-2001 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

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