UPDATED: Resources for Small Businesses, Families Affected by the Louisiana Floods

Date: August 16, 2016 Last Edit: August 17, 2016

UPDATED Aug. 17, 2016

Twenty parishes have now been declared a major disaster by the federal government. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate approved the declaration in a meeting with Gov. John Bel Edwards while he visited Louisiana on Tuesday. The following parishes are:

  1. Acadia 
  2. Ascension 
  3. Avoyelles
  4. East Baton Rouge
  5. East Feliciana 
  6. Evangeline
  7. Iberia 
  8. Iberville
  9. Jefferson Davis
  10. Lafayette 
  11. Livingston 
  12. Pointe Coupee 
  13. St. Helena 
  14. St. Landry 
  15. St. Martin
  16. St. Tammany
  17. Tangipahoa 
  18. Vermilion 
  19. Washington
  20. West Feliciana

Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Click here for more information

Small-business information

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has activated the Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center. The website is focused on helping businesses and nonprofits respond to and recover from natural or man-made disasters.

To find the latest information, visit www.labeoc.org.  

Financial assistance

Assistance for individuals and families affected by the flooding can include:

  • 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. 
  • Loans up to $500,000 for farmers, ranchers and aquaculture operators to cover production and property losses, excluding primary residence.  
  • Rental payments for temporary housing for those whose homes are unlivable.
  • Grants for home repairs and replacement of essential household items not covered by insurance to make damaged dwellings safe, sanitary and functional. 
  • 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.   
  • 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. 
  • Low-interest loans to cover residential losses not fully compensated by insurance.

To learn more, click here.


The governor’s office has posted a list of shelters for parishes affected by the flooding. Read it here.



The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is posting updates on road closures on its website. Click here for the latest updates.

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