Flood Recovery Assistance

Resources for Impacted Businesses

Regarding August flooding, beginning August 11, 2016 - Parishes currently designated in the federal disaster declaration: Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana parishes. Damage assessments are continuing for other parishes. This list will be updated as additional parishes are added.

Register With FEMA

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance (individual and business), victims must first call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or access online at disasterassistance.gov. Businesses that sustained losses in the designated parishes can begin applying for assistance today. 

To learn what to expect after you apply for FEMA Aid, click here.

Disaster Recovery Centers are open in the following locations:

  • Gonzales: Lamar Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S Saint Landry Ave. Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Baton Rouge: 2nd Baptist Church 914 N Acadian Thruway. Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Baton Rouge: New Hope Outreach Center 5925 Greenwell Springs Road. Mondays through Saturdays days from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Greensburg: St. Helena Environmental Health Unit, 53 N. 2nd St. Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Amite: Tangipahoa Parish Office of Comm. Services, 721 S. First St. Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Hammond: Former Parish Tourism Building, 42271 S. Morrison Blvd. Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

For a list of Disaster Recovery Centers click here.

U.S. Small Business Administration

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets. You can apply for loan assistance at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.

The deadline to apply for Small Business Administration, or SBA, physical damage loans has been extended to Monday, Nov. 14. The deadline was originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13.

Please note the following information is required when applying for a SBA Disaster Loan:

  • Contact information for all applicants
  • Social security numbers for all applicants
  • FEMA registration number
  • Deed or lease information
  • Insurance information
  • Financial information (e.g. income, account balances and monthly expenses)
  • Employer Identification Number (EIN) for business applicants

Additional information is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955, or by downloading the Disaster Loans Fact Sheet here.

Business Recovery Centers

The U.S. Small Business Administration, Louisiana Economic Development and Louisiana Small Business Development Centers are partnering to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by the severe storms and flooding that began last week.

SBA representatives will provide information on disaster loans to help finance recovery and explain the application process. LSBDC consultants at the center will provide provide program information, answer questions and help businesses apply for this much needed financial help.

Business Recovery Centers are open at the following locations:

  • Prairieville: BancorpSouth Bank, 13423 Louisiana 73, Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Baker: Baker Workforce Development Center, 3262 Baker Blvd., Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Baton Rouge: Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane (near Interstate 12), Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Lafayette: Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) Executive Conference Room, 537 Cajundome Blvd., Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Walker: Southeastern Louisiana University Clausen Family Building Literacy and Technology Center, Room 101, 9261 Florida Blvd. Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Amite: Amite Chamber of Commerce, 101 SE Central Ave., Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Denham SpringsArts Council of Livingston Parish, 133 N Hummell Street, Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
  • Youngsville: Gulf Coast Bank, 3000 E. Milton Ave., Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Fridays, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No appointment is necessary. All services are provided free of charge.

For a list of Business Recovery Centers click here.

Debris Removal 

FEMA will authorize collection of business flood debris, as well as household flood debris, under specific conditions. Please see the instructions for placing business flood-related debris [here].

 For proper removal of flood debris, see DEQ instructions here.

Housing Information


Click here for a list of open shelters.

Initial Help With a Place to Stay

  • Transitional Shelter Assistance Program (FEMA direct-pay hotel rooms)
  • Louisiana Housing Corporation Help to Find House/ Apartment to Rent (lahousingsearch.org)

Click here to download a PDF about these programs.

Interim Housing Help

  • Manufactured Housing Units (larger mobile homes than old FEMA trailers)
  • Multi-Family Lease and Repair Program (FEMA funding to repair properties not in commerce so that eligible FEMA applicants may be placed in the rental units)

Click here to download a PDF about these programs.

Shelter at Home Program

  • In this program, FEMA will pay for very basic repairs so a homeowner and family can shelter safely in their own home while rebuilding. Click here to download a PDF about this program
  • Gov. Edwards Announces Additional Housing Solutions for Flood Survivors; Introduces Shelter at Home Program. Read more about the announcement here.

Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute Scholarships

Small contractors in Louisiana’s flood-affected regions can qualify for a limited number of scholarships when registering for an innovative new program to help small construction companies build a solid foundation for business growth and success. The Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute, to be conducted throughout the state in October and November, will help small and emerging construction companies learn the basics of the industry and prepare for the state’s licensing exam.

To register for the institute with a scholarship, contact Catherine Barber at (985) 448-5916 or Catherine.barber@fletcher.edu. For more information about the program, visit www.opportunitylouisiana.com/lcai

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Last Updated: Thursday, October 13 at 8:30 a.m.