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Jan 22, 2013 7:27 PM by Erin Steuber

Acadiana Non-Profits Creating Plans to Help January Flood VIctims

As parts of Acadiana continue to dry out, several non-profits are creating a plan to help victims of the January floods. The group consists of a number of organizations, including the United Way and Red Cross. Leaders from non-profits agencies across Acadiana, known for giving assistance after disasters, met to discuss a plan of action in light of recent flooding across the state.

"Right now we've basically been doing the damage surveys and trying to determine how many homes have been damaged, how many people need assistance and what level of assistance," said Tony Credeur with the Red Cross.

They've determined Acadia and St. Landry Parishes were the hardest hit areas. With at least six homes destroyed, and more than 70 damaged.

"With the committee here, we're going to try and go into recovery and try to assist the people that don't have the resources to do it on their own," said Credeur.

The group formed a long-term recovery committee to ensure families get the help they need as soon as possible. But in the wake of flood damage like this, they say recovery can take up to two years.

"For those that are still in need, and we know there's a lot out there hurting, this is still very early on, even those it's been a week or two since the actual flooding," said Deacon Ed Boustany with the Lafayette Diocese. "But now we begin that long term process and there's help on the way, so we'll do the best we can for them."

The Red Cross is continuing to complete its assessment throughout the state. If you still need help call 1-800-960-2356.



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