Disaster Recovery Efforts Regarding Historic Flood
The city of Youngsville is committed to keeping our residents safe at all costs. We will be working diligently to gather resources and information to assist everyone in their disaster recovery and relief efforts. We will continue providing information for everyone as we receive it. The following information below will be helpful regarding the severe flooding which occurred August 12-15, 2016:
May 24, 2017 – RestoreLA announces Homeowner Assistance is now available. Visit Restore.LA.gov or call 866-735-2001. The Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program is dedicated to helping homeowners that were affected in the March and/or August 2016 floods repair and restore their damaged homes, or get reimbursed for work already completed. The RestoreLA task force will be at the Youngsville Sports Complex Recreation Center, Wednesday, May 24th from 9am – 7pm, assisting homeowners with completing surveys. For more information, click here.
On March 24, 2017, Eight Days of Hope announced that it would embark on Acadiana June 4th-11th to lead a major rebuilding effort to assist those still affected by the August floods. This is an all volunteer faith-based organization that wants to lend a helping hand. Regardless of where you are with recovery if you still need a hand up, please register at 337-232-HELP. There is no litmus test (no income requirements, etc). Special thanks to Youngsville resident, Bryan Rhinehart, for making the initial contact with Eight Days of Hope and to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette in Louisiana for kicking the campaign off with a donation of $250,000! For more information or to volunteer, visit www.eightdaysofhope.com.
The city of Youngsville has announced the 2017 Branch & Household Debris pickup schedule. Click here to see this schedule.
The Restore Louisiana Task Force met Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 at the Youngsville Sports Complex in Lafayette Parish, to hear more from Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Office of Community of Development on the proposal for spending $1.2 billion of federal money for flood assistance. In addition, public comments on the plan were heard following the meeting.
The meeting was open to the public.
Important Town Hall Meeting Announced for Wednesday, September 14, 2016. See details HERE.
SBA to Open Youngsville Recovery Center for Businesses Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding. See details HERE.
Read Mayor Ken Ritter’s Flood Event Report presented at the Youngsville City Council meeting, Thursday, September 8, 2016.
Latest Recovery Updates from the City of Youngsville:
August 23, 2016 – The city of Youngsville Administration met with FEMA, as well as local and parish officials on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 to address questions on recovery efforts, such as individual assistance and debris pickup. See the important meeting information here.
- Wednesday, August 17, 2016: Public Notice – The city of Youngsville will begin picking up storm debris Friday morning and will continue until complete. Please contact Youngsville City Hall with any questions at 337-856-4181.
- Wednesday, August 17, 2016: Recycling will not be picking up items this week in the City of Youngsville. Please see this important information we received from Waste Connections Inc. regarding recycling: With the extensive flooding in the Baton Rouge area and the lack of employee’s available to make it to work for us and our contractors, we have suspended recycling efforts until our recycle location opens back up in Baton Rouge. We will also need to assess the access of roads in the Youngsville area prior to sending trucks in to collect recycling. We will keep you updated as we move forward.
Youngsville residents will be requested to sign an electronic hold harmless agreement if there is a need to access debris on private property. A majority of the homes are located in Highland Ridge subdivision. There are several options to submit this form. You can stop by City Hall and sign the form. We will also be out in Highland Ridge subdivision asking for signatures as well. You may also electronically sign the form and submit online here: Hold Harmless Agreement for Disaster Debris Pickup
Download this helpful guide from FEMA on Debris Removal Guidelines here.
Download the Residential Recovery Information form here.
VERY IMPORTANT: Consumer Tips to Avoid Scams, Guidelines and Model Contract for Home Repair Contracting, General Information on Price Gouging, Fake Officials, Contractors, Photographs, Fake Charities, Sham Rental Property, Pest Control, Water Treatment Devices and Auto Repairs. Download the Consumer Protection Guidelines here.
For tips on how to avoid fraud, scams, and price gouging after a natural disaster contact our Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-351-4889 or CLICK HERE.
From the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General: Unfortunately, natural disasters attract con-artists and scammers hoping to prey on people who are down on their luck. Following recent flooding, Attorney General Jeff Landry wants to ensure the citizens of Louisiana are well-prepared.
DSNAP – Disaster Supplemental Assistance Program
Here’s the latest information as of August 25 regarding Disaster Supplemental Assistance Program (DSNAP): DSNAP Phase Two will begin Monday, August 29, to Saturday, September 3, for Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, and Lafayette parishes. CLICK THIS LINK AND SEE MORE INFO HERE.
Distribution dates are as follows:
Monday, August 29: A-D
Tuesday, August 30: E-K
Wednesday, August 31: L-R
Thursday, September 1: S-Z
Friday, September 2: A-K applicants unable to make prior scheduled day
Saturday, September 3: L-Z applicants unable to make prior scheduled day
See this valuable information: HELP AFTER DISASTER GUIDE
Louisiana’s Shelter at Home Program enables eligible individuals or families whose homes were damaged in the August flooding to take shelter in their own homes while they rebuild, instead of having to stay in a hotel, rental or mass shelter. For more information: www.shelterathome.la.gov or 800-927-0216.
Latest update from FEMA as of October 13, 2016: The Individual Assistance deadline has been extended from October 13 to November 14
See the latest FEMA update as of Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2016 regarding Your Right of Appeal for FEMA Disaster Assistance.
See this FEMA update as of Monday, Sept. 12, 2016 regarding Louisiana Disaster Survivors Should Expect to be Contacted.
DISASTER ASSISTANCE HAS BEEN ACTIVATED
Businesses and individuals seeking assistance should register with FEMA by doing one of the following:
Call 800-621-FEMA (800-621-3362)
Apply at www.disasterassistance.gov
Download the FEMA smartphone app
ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES IN NEED
FOR BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
Louisiana Business Emergency Operation Center (LABEOC)
Register your business with www.labeoc.org You will receive current disaster communications from GOSEP (Governors Office of Emergency Preparedness. You will also become a part of the State’s Resource list during recovery. See Flood Recovery Fact Sheet from One Acadiana CLICK HERE
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION FACT SHEET FOR BUSINESSES OF ALL SIZES CLICK HERE
FLOOD RECOVERY FACT SHEET FROM CONGRESSMAN CHARLES W. BOUSTANY, JR MD CLICK HERE
SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Louisiana Private Nonprofit Organizations CLICK HERE
The Louisiana Small Business Rebirth Fund Application Process and Eligibility
The Fund was created to award triage grants to support the thousands of small businesses impacted by the historic flooding in south Louisiana in August 2016. To be eligible to apply for a Rebirth award, the applicant must:
- Be a small business registered with the Louisiana Secretary of State with 50 employees or less;
- Have been operational on August 10, 2016; and
- Be located in one of the 20 parishes declared in the official federal disaster declaration – Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington and West Feliciana.
- Awards range between $1,000 and $10,000 depending on the damages, purpose and available funding.
- Applications will be accepted beginning Thursday, August 25th. Applications submitted by Friday, September 2nd, will be reviewed by the independent panel for a first round of awards from the Fund. Applicants in the first round will be notified of the award status by email no later than Friday, September 9th. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis, as partner organizations anticipate conducting a second round of grant reviews and awards after Labor Day.
Applications may be completed via this form. Alternatively, applications may be downloaded and submitted by email or fax to Elena Lacour, LABI Membership Director, at (225) 929-6054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An independent review team of technical experts will consider each application in an impartial process, judging each request on the merits and prioritizing funds to help small business re-open their doors and staff their operations. If donors request funds flow to a specific industry or geographic area, these applications would follow the same review process but be considered separately.
Beyond the grant itself, partner organizations are committed to connecting award recipients and all applicants with other available resources including voluntary services for business counseling, legal or technical support, and workforce/talent solutions as needed.
Social Media: Like the City of Youngsville and the Youngsville Chamber Facebook pages to keep up with additional updates.
Thank you for your patience, as we continue to update our disaster relief and recovery efforts for our residents.