Checks mailed on Monday to Louisiana homeowners hit by 2016 flood

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Restore Louisiana started printing checks Monday for previously denied homeowners affected by flooding in 2016.

The program made the announcement on Friday that the first wave of checks will be sent out this week.

Residents were prevented from tapping into recovery funds because they sought Small Business Administration loans which were viewed as a duplication of benefits. Congress passed a bill in the fall eliminating the restriction from federal disaster policies.

About 230 homeowners who declined or canceled their SBA loan and accepted their grant agreement will receive checks first. Next will be about 800 homeowners who also declined their loan but haven’t finalized their grant agreement.

The agency and the state will need up to three more months to finalize the process for those who drew from their loan.

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