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Mar 29, 2012 11:56 PM by Maddie Garrett

Agencies Join Together to Help Flood Victims Recover

The recovery effort is far from over for victims of recent flooding in Acadiana. With over 1,200 homes affected, it could take months until families get their lives back on track. So to help in the flood recovery, the United Way of Acadiana has formed the Long Term Recovery Coalition that includes several agencies in the area.

Now that the water has receded, hundreds of families are trying to figure out how to get help and who can help them.

"I think the primary need is being able to navigate the system, where resources are made available to assist the families that can't necessarily meet their own needs," said Angela Morrison, Chief of Community Impact for United Way of Acadiana (UWA).

The system can be daunting, with dozens of agencies who might be able to help victims in various ways. So to stream line the process, the Long Term Recovery Coalition is working on a system to handle victims on a case-by-case basis.

"As we continue to visit with families that are trying to build and recover we are hoping to provide them with those case management services, this long term recovery coalition is, so they can get back on their feet," explained Morrison.

Calling 2-1-1 is one of the easiest ways to get assistance, but Assistant Administrator at 2-1-1, Mona Gobert-Cravins, said they're not the final solution for flood victims.

"What we do, we keep a data base as to who is offering services in the community, that way we can refer them to those agencies. So we're the middle knot not the end knot," said Gobert-Cravins.

She said while people can go to them for help, they also take in and direct donations, something badly needed after this disaster.

"People are really struggling right now so any donations an individual or a company would like to give to the impacted flood victims would be much appreciated," she said.

Again, call 2-1-1 or 232-HELP to find out which agencies can assist you in the recovery. 2-1-1 can also help anyone wishing to donate supplies, money or labor efforts. Any agencies wishing to be part of the Coalition should contact the United Way of Acadiana at (337) 233-8302.

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