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St. Martin Parish FEMA Tour

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It's been over a month since Hurricane Isaac hit south Louisiana. And some areas are still reeling with the damage left behind. Plaquemines Parish was the hardest hit by Isaac, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency added three other parishes eligible for individual assistance. Allen, Morehouse, and St. Martin Parish are now on the roster.

Wednesday was day one of the FEMA efforts throughout St. Martin Parish there wasn't a lot of damage. At least (there was not) in Stephensville where FEMA went door-to-door Wednesday.

But, the team does have a lot of ground to cover in the next few days, to let residents know, they can help.

FEMA representatives started in Stephensville, knocking on doors to see who needs financial assistance in the aftermath of Isaac.

Luckily, the area was not hit too hard, but one resident, Danielle Bushinelle, does need help, after high winds tore off her roof. Before the area was declared, she and her family had to make do with the situation and the resources they had.

"The whole roof was actually off the trailer and my husband got back up there and he got some tin from someone else here in the trailer park and he put it back together," said Bushinelle.

And Bushinelle is now one of many people waiting to hear back from FEMA in the hopes to repair the damage.  

FEMA's Public Information Officer H.R. Holman said, "Once they've registered, someone will be in contact within usually two to three days and they will come out and look at the damage, talk to them, see what's available and work with them on that."

The range of assistance varies case-by-case, depending on the type of damage, flood or wind. But, having homeowners insurance does not necessarily disqualify applicants. Businesses can also fall under the umbrella.

"This is really for people who are uninsured or under insured," said Holman. "You may have insurance, but it may not cover all the damage. That's where FEMA can help. Also, there are small business loans available in that respect."

And help can't come soon enough for those unable to fix their homes on their own. Bushinelle says her home is facing some serious problems.

"All our walls on this side of the trailer are buckling because of the water," she said.

If you're interested in registering for FEMA recovery assistance, you can log onto www.disasterassistance.gov  or you can call 1-800-621-3362 for more information.

-Caroline Balchunas

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