Storm damage assessment from June 6 now in hands of Governor’s Office

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Officials with the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (MOHSEP) for East Baton Rouge city-parish joined members of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) on June 27-28 to assess damage from a storm that struck the area earlier in the month.

A home located on Honeysuckle Ave. shows a pile of rubbish after renovations due to the June 5-6 storm. (Date: June 28, 2019)

More than 600 people responded to a request from MOHSEP to report damage to either their home or property after heavy storms hit East Baton Rouge on June 5-6.

Residents in East Baton Rouge had until June 17 to report their damage via an online form or a paper form which could be found at local libraries.

On June 18, the mayor’s office submitted the data to the State of Louisiana and GOHSEP.

An unoccupied home on Honeysuckle Ave. was nearly gutted after the June 5-6 storm. (Date: June 28, 2019)

GOHSEP will review the findings to determine if further assistance will be requested from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

GOHSEP is working to collect data from several parishes and is expected to make a decision at the beginning of July, according to the Director of MOHSEP, Clay Rives.

MOHSEP wanted to stress that completion of an EBRP Damage Assessment Form does not substitute as a claim with an insurance company, nor does it guarantee that future assistance will be available.

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