Flood Resources Update 9/7

If you missed last week’s Flood Forum, conducted with various representatives of state and federal government and disaster response agencies, you can view a video playlist of the entire event on YouTube.

The Red Cross is accepting applications for limited financial assistance of up to $125 per person for those who do not qualify for federal disaster assistance, but sustained major damage to their homes. They are also working to connect flood survivors with other agencies and support structures that can help them get back on their feet. Registration is available online, or by calling 855-224-2590.

The New Orleans Opera Association, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and many other arts organizations of Louisiana have come together to stage a fundraiser for those affected in the Baton Rouge floods. The event will take place tomorrow, September 8th, from 7:30-9:30 PM, at the Mahalia Jackson Theatre in New Orleans. Funds will be administered through the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Creative Relief Fund, to benefit artistic, educational, and social support organizations throughout the city.

If your home still needs gutting, mucking out, or mold remediation, register online or by calling the Crisis Cleanup Hotline at 1-800-451-1954 and a representative from AmeriCorps will come to assess the damage. AmeriCorps will honor September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance this year by working in the Baton Rouge community, supplemented by community volunteers, in a “blitz muck-and-gut operation.” Sign up soon to get your house on the list.

Finally, your library update! Library hours at Main, Bluebonnet, Jones Creek, and Zachary through this weekend will be 8 AM – 9 PM M-Th; 8 AM – 6 PM F-Sat; and 2-6 PM on Sunday. This means that all branches except the Main Library on Goodwood have returned to their usual hours. The Greenwell Springs Branch remains closed for repairs. Interlibrary Loan is once more open for requests.

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