Louisiana Flood Recovery - When it Rains, It Pours!
In less than six months, Louisiana has suffered two historic, unprecedented flooding episodes at the national disaster level. In August, our state suffered a second flooding disaster of the year with severe impacts to one-third of our parishes primarily in the Greater Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Northshore areas. The Washington Post noted that the no-name storm dumped three times as much rain on Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina, and enough to fill Lake Pontchartrain about four times. Just 5 months earlier this year in early March, 26 of 64 parishes were also declared by President Obama as disaster areas due to flooding, primarily in north Louisiana, and are still in the recovery stage with legal needs unmet.
For the most updated information on recovery go to Gov. John Bel Edwards official page
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Louisiana Bar Foundation Flood Recovery Fund
Immediate civil legal services have become one of the most significant needs facing Louisiana citizens. Basic needs such as housing, employment, insurance and federal program benefits are issues for most citizens in the flood affected areas, and not just for those living in poverty. The LBF is working with stakeholders including the Legal Service Corporations, Pro Bono Projects, Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), law schools, community foundations and other key organizations in our civil legal aid network to most efficiently and effectively address the many needs.
Click here to support the Louisiana Bar Foundation Flood Recovery Fund
Click here to download a donation form.
The fund will address victims' legal needs including homeowner's insurance, title clearing, and federal aid eligibility utilizing community-based, clinic models in conjunction with FEMA's disaster recovery centers.
For more information, contact LBF Development Director Laura Sewell at (504) 561-7306 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Disaster Resources
LSBA Disaster Response
The Baton Rouge Bar Foundation
has established a Disaster Fund to assist all Louisiana attorneys whose offices and homes have been flooded. The Disaster Fund will provide much-needed grants to Louisiana lawyers to assist them in the aftermath of the historic August 2016 flooding.
Your tax-deductible donation will help impacted Louisiana lawyers who live and/or practice in one of the parishes qualifying for federal assistance as a result of the August flooding.
A broad-based committee of lawyers from South Louisiana will review the applications and make decisions regarding grants.
If you are in a position to assist your colleagues in the legal community, we encourage you to donate here:
Alternatively, you may mail your check made payable to the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Disaster Fund to:
Flood Relief 2016 Donations
Baton Rouge Bar Foundation
544 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
The Lafayette Bar Foundation
Many Lafayette Bar Members, as well as their staff, have sustained major damage to their homes from the recent flooding. Your tax-deductible donation to the Lafayette Parish Bar Foundation will be used exclusively to help these members of the Lafayette legal community begin to rebuild their lives after such a devastating loss. All dedicated donations to this effort will be administered by SOLACE for the benefit of our local legal community.
The Shreveport Bar Foundation
will be accepting gift cards from Lowe's, The Home Depot, Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Wal-Mart in $25.00 increments. You can mail or drop off your gift cards to the Shreveport Bar Foundation at 625 Texas Street Shreveport, LA 71101. All gift cards will be delivered to the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation and the Lafayette Bar Foundation for distribution to flood victims.
The Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized under the state of Louisiana. We exist to preserve, honor and improve our system of justice by funding, developing and otherwise promoting efforts which enhance the legal profession, increase public understanding of the legal system and advance the reality of equal justice under the law. The LBF supports programs that provide free legal services for the poor in all 64 parishes of the state of Louisiana.