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Flood recovery gaining momentum in Maurice

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MAURICE, LA -

As many families across Acadiana get settled back into their homes, now rebuilt and renovated after the Historic flood, leaders in the village of Maurice haven't been so lucky.

Two FEMA trailers have been serving as a makeshift city hall for more than a year and will likely continue to for several months, but the rebuilding process is starting to gain momentum.

First, the city hall building in Maurice became one of many casualties of the 2016 Historic Flood. Then, this year the village was cut from the state's capital outlay fund, stifling any hope of using state money to rebuild. That was followed by months of back and forth with FEMA to get assistance there.

On Monday though, Maurice Mayor Wayne Theriot finally had some good news to share.

"For the longest period of time we were really stuck in the mud. We weren't moving forward. That was us working with FEMA, trying to get some answers. Well, we finally got that," said Theriot.

FEMA has agreed to help restore city hall and the police station back to their pre-flood conditions, which will hopefully get village operations back up to pre-flood standards as well.

"I've got to compliment our staff, the administrative staff, as well as our maintenance, as well as our police department. They've adapted to it and we've gotten into a kind of work flow," said Theriot.

But Theriot said that's not to suggest the last 14 months in the FEMA trailer have been easy.

"We have some of our materials in a storage facility. If somebody asks for something, we actually have to go to try to retrieve those. As well as trying to recreate some of the documents that were destroyed in the flood," said Theriot.

Bidding for the construction project is set to open up in November. The plan is to break ground shortly after.

"And we're hoping to start sometime mid-January," said Theriot.

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