FEMA to assess WBR hurricane damage

Written by Emily Bell on . Posted in Local

FEMA officials are visiting the parish this week to determine if the parish qualifies for individual and household assistance following Hurricane Isaac.

Parish President Riley “Pee Wee” Berthelot estimates 140 people in the parish called in to FEMA  prior to last Thursday’s council meeting, not including at least 30 people who notified the parish directly. 

According to a FEMA press release, 21 parishes have already qualified for individual and household assistance.

“I don’t want people to think we’re trying to overlook or not do anything as possible for our residents. If they have anything coming to them, we certainly want them to get it,” Berthelot said.

After FEMA officials come this week, he said, “If we need to set up a Recovery Assistance Center, we’ll do it.”

According to Berthelot, residents seeking individual disaster assistance should call the national hotline at 1-800-621-3362 or locally to 225-346-1577. Residents may also apply online at

Berthelot said in an email, “Submitting a request for assistance in this way will add the individual’s name to a list for those seeking assistance, this does not guarantee that request for assistance will be granted.”

Parish Chief Administrative Officer Jason Manola said the latest in the recovery effort has been “picking up some of the trees that have fallen into the canals that we have parish-wide.”

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