The Latest: Number of FEMA aid-seekers edges up after floods

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

The number of people registering for federal disaster aid after Louisiana’s heavy flooding continues to rise.

The state said Wednesday that the number of registrants with the Federal Emergency Management Agency has reached 119,000. More than $132 million has been approved by the federal agency in grants for temporary rental assistance, home repairs and other disaster response aid.

Meanwhile, nearly 27,000 claims have been filed with the National Flood Insurance Program, and state officials say $37 million in advance payments have been approved for flood insurance policyholders.

A storm that began Aug. 12 dumped as much as 2 feet of water in some areas within 48 hours, causing widespread damage that Gov. John Bel Edwards says impacted more than 100,000 homes.


7:45 a.m.

The National Weather Service says the entire Amite River in Louisiana is now below flood stage and water levels should continue to fall.

Forecaster Fred Zeigler says backwater flooding, which has contributed to widespread flooding, appears to have leveled off and is retreating in some locations of St. John the Baptist, St. James, Ascension, Iberville, East Baton Rouge and Livingston parishes.

Zeigler says the Baton Rouge area could see 1 inch to 3 inches of rain Wednesday afternoon. He said forecasters would be watching the rainfall rate for a possible flash flood warning. Zeigler said the ground is saturated and the rain will have nowhere to go.


7:25 a.m.

As thousands of south Louisiana flood victims apply for disaster assistance, residents of two Mississippi communities have been told they are not eligible for assistance.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokes tells The Natchez Democrat ( the damage in Crosby and Centreville wasn’t enough to meet the criteria for a federal disaster declaration.

Crosby Mayor William Hall said he’s disappointed that the community isn’t eligible, but he’s not giving up.

Flynn said the Management Agency and the state are working on several available options to help Crosby residents.

He said the state will also use leftover funds from the Hurricane Katrina Cottage Sales program to help buy building supplies to repair houses in Amite and Wilkinson counties. Flynn says about $250,000 will be used.


7:16 a.m.

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has issued an emergency order to speed the removal of flood debris.

The order allows mattresses, furniture and carpets to be taken to construction and demolition landfills.

Prior to this emergency order, which ends Sept. 30, these materials had to be separated from home debris to be taken to a different type of landfill that accepts household waste and garbage.

The order is in effect for the 20 parishes covered under the emergency declaration.

Department secretary Chuck Carr Brown, who oversaw debris removal during Hurricane Katrina, said in a news release that monitors will watch what goes into trucks and what gets dropped off at each landfill.

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