The Waters Have Receded From Baton Rouge. Now Comes The Hard Part.


Even though the water receded only a few days after the storm hit, some of the biggest problems for the area are only just beginning.
News Story (Louisiana)

Bryce Covert
ThinkProgress
August 31, 2016
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Tags: Disaster Recovery, Hurricane Katrina

Organizations mentioned/involved: Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)


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Now comes the difficult task of rebuilding and trying to get the tens of thousands of people displaced from their homes back into their communities — hopefully avoiding what happened in New Orleans, where people are still trying to go home more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina.

SLLS is bracing for the same problem it faced in the wake of other major storms: Many families in Louisiana pass houses down between members informally, without making sure the proper paperwork is done to transfer the title. A number of important institutions — the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), government recovery agencies, even banks — require proof of ownership before they’ll dispense any help.