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 email@example.com
Other Disaster Resources
LSBA Disaster Response
Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson administered the oath of office to the incoming Louisiana Bar Foundation officers.
From left, Secretary Amanda W. Barnett, Treasurer W. Michael Street, Vice President Valerie Briggs Bargas and President E. Jane Sherman.Photo by Matthew Hinton Photography
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.