Don’t hesitate! Apply for financial help if you have flood damage

NEW ORLEANS -- President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster for East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa parishes. But State Treasure John Kennedy says residents and business owners should apply for financial help for things like temporary housing, home repairs, and property loss now.

"The flooding impacted thousands of people. A number of people lost everything," said Treasurer Kennedy. "If you're trying to register for assistance on FEMA's website and can't, please be patient and keep trying."

Here are some numbers you should keep handy:

FEMA
www.DisasterAssistance.gov
1-800-621-FEMA

National Flood Insurance Program
www.floodsmart.gov
1-888-379-9531

Volunteer Opportunities
www.volunteerlouisiana.gov
225-291-4533