FEMA denies individual assistance to flood victims

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied individual assistance to flood victims in Bossier and Caddo Parishes.

Individuals who suffered flood damage during the historic Red River flood will now have to depend on their insurance or other means to make repairs as no federal assistance will be made available. FEMA said individual assistance was denied because the damage did not meet the criteria for individual federal assistance.

According to their website, FEMA looks at a number of primary factors when considering and developing a recommendation to the President for supplemental disaster assistance.

Those factors include the amount and type of damage (number of homes destroyed or with major damage); impact on the infrastructure of affected areas or critical facilities; imminent threats to public health and safety; impacts to essential government services and functions; unique capability of Federal government; dispersion or concentration of damage; level of insurance coverage in place for homeowners and public facilities; available assistance from other sources (Federal, State, local, voluntary organizations); state and local resource commitments from previous, undeclared events; and frequency of disaster events over recent time period.

The state has 30 days to appeal FEMA’s decision. For more information, visit www.fema.gov.