Information for flood victims/flood assistance Monroe/ West Monroe area

WHERE TO GO FOR ASSISTANCE DUE TO FLOODING

If you need emergency/evacuation assistance, please call 9-1-1 and request evacuation assistance from local public safety personnel.

Monroe, West Monroe, and all Ouachita Parish public safety officials strongly request that you reduce unnecessary travel, respect barricadesand remember to turn around, don’t drown.

All local Levees are Off Limits to all forms of Pedestrian Traffic
Due to the saturated conditions, all unauthorized traffic on the levees, including foot traffic, is PROHIBITED.

Current Sand Bagging Sites
Active bagging:
Behind North Monroe Hospital (Old Sterlington Road)
High Avenue at Sterlington Middle School
Monroe Public Works on Grammont
NEW LOCATION:
The Old JPS Rental Store just south of Richwood HS on U.S. 165 South

Self-Serve Sites:
Ike Hamilton Expo
Trade Street – OPSO Rifle Range
Louisiana Ag & Forestry Building on Hwy 80
Ticheli Rd – La Machinery
Frenchman’s Bend

American Red Cross Shelters-Ouachita Parish
Liller Marbles Recreation Department – 2950 Renwick St., Monroe, La. 71201
Saul Adler Community Center – 3900 Westminster Ave., Monroe, La. 71201
West Monroe Sports Complex – 1802 N. Seventh St., West Monroe, La. 71291
Northeast Louisiana
414 Breard St.
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone: (318) 323-5141

FEMA
FEMA is coming to set up operations at the Monroe Civic Center this week, however, those details have yet to be finalized. Since everyone does not have the capability to register for FEMA assistance online, Monroe city offices will notify the public as soon as the FEMA disaster assistance team arrives and is ready to help residents.

The President also ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding. This declaration means that FEMA assistance will soon be Monroe to help the residents of Ouachita Parish.

FEMA said that residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated parishes can begin applying for assistance today by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov/ or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.
The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:

  • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.  Initial assistance may be provided for up to three months for homeowners and at least one month for renters.  Assistance may be extended if requested after the initial period based on a review of individual applicant requirements.  (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional.  (Source: FEMA funded and administered.)
  • Grants to replace personal property and help meet medical, dental, funeral, transportation and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other federal, state and charitable aid programs.   (Source: FEMA funded at 75 percent of total eligible costs; 25 percent funded by the state.)
  • Unemployment payments up to 26 weeks for workers who temporarily lost jobs because of the disaster and who do not qualify for state benefits, such as self-employed individuals.  (Source: FEMA funded; state administered.)
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance.  Loans available up to $200,000 for primary residence; $40,000 for personal property, including renter losses.  Loans available up to $2 million for business property losses not fully compensated by insurance.  (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $2 million for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private, non-profit organizations of all sizes that have suffered disaster-related cash flow problems and need funds for working capital to recover from the disaster’s adverse economic impact.  This loan in combination with a property loss loan cannot exceed a total of $2 million. (Source: U.S. Small Business Administration.)
  • Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.  (Source: Farm Service Agency, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.)

United Way 2-1-1
2-1-1 is an easy to remember phone number that connects callers to information and services in times of need. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, even during disasters. United way also set up a special fund to assist with flood recovery.

For emergency evacuations and to Report damage due to flooding-call 9-1-1

Samaritan’s Purse
For more information about how you can help or to volunteer with Samaritan’s Purse, go to spvolunteernetwork.org. Donations to help with the flood relief efforts can be made at samaritanspurse.org.

Samaritan’s Purse has helped more than 29,000 families in 35 U.S. states following floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and ice storms. Recently the organization’s U.S. disaster team responded to the massive flooding in Texas, and also provided aid to victims of the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma and ice storms in Tennessee.

The First West Thrift store
The First West Thrift store will be open from 9-6 Monday – Wednesday for Flood relief assistance.
The store is giving clothing and toiletries away to victims in need. No regular shopping at this time.

Mercy Chefs
Mercy Chefs, a Virginia-based, nonprofit disaster relief organization, is deploying a team of professional chefs to prepare meals for victims, volunteers and first responders in Monroe.  Monday night, their team will arrive with their state-of-the-art mobile kitchen and will begin meal service Tuesday. The chefs are prepared to serve 1,500 meals daily.

Mercy Chefs’ mobile kitchen will be stationed at Evangel Assembly, 5800 Frontage Road, Monroe. Beginning Tuesday, residents and first responders are invited to pick up meals there.

Meal times will be posted on the organization’s Facebook page, http://on.fb.me/1poNuvh. If the need arises, and as the team is able, Mercy Chefs will coordinate deliveries for victims unable to reach the distribution site.

Assistance with Laundry-Laundry Lounge
Pamela Graham owns the Laundry Lounge on 7900 Desiard Street. She has offered free washes to flood victims. She said she will continue to help until the need is gone or until she goes broke.
“The people who come in that are going through this, even there children. They’ve just had such good attitudes about it and they have kept smiles on their faces, during a really hard time and it’s very inspiring”, Owner Pamela Graham said.

If you will like to donate detergent or anything you can drop it off at the Laundry Lounge.
You can contact them at (318) 345-1015.

For Current list of Road Closures, go to:
http://www.myarklamiss.com/
http://www.knoe.com/
http://www.thenewsstar.com/
http://www.opso.net/

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