In Flood Zone, Many Louisiana Families Yearn To Return Home
DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) — Thousands of Louisiana families are still relying on the government for housing three months after catastrophic flooding drove them out of their homes.
For many, Thanksgiving is just another reminder of how far some families made homeless by the deluge still have to go before life returns to normal.
More than 72,000 families have received some form of housing assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency since August's historic flooding.
FEMA is currently paying for more than 2,000 of those families to live in hotel or motel rooms. Another 1,500 families are in government-provided mobile homes.
Tens of thousands of homes in south Louisiana were damaged during a two-day mega-storm that began Aug. 12 and dumped as much as 2 feet of rain in some areas. It was described as the worst disaster since Superstorm Sandy.
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