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Unemployment Benefits Expand to Additional Louisiana Parishes Affected by Floods


Historic Louisiana Flooding Sees Unemployment Assistance Expanded

As the impacts of the historic flooding in Louisiana become more evident, additional parishes in the state are now eligible for disaster unemployment assistance.

Flooding in Baton Rouge, a city situated on the Mississippi River's eastern bank, inundated homes and businesses across the area, resulting in an estimated $20 billion dollars in damage. In a city already reeling from a tumultuous summer of violence, the assistance is vital to ensuring positive recovery efforts.

Additional Eight Parishes Now Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

Originally, a total of twelve parishes were eligible for disaster unemployment assistance, but the list has expanded to include eight additional parishes that were impacted by the flooding: Avoyelles, Evangeline, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Washington, and West Feliciana.

The original list of twelve parishes included Acadia, Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberia, Lafayette, Livingston, Pointe Coupee, St. Helena, St. Landry, Tangipahoa, and Vermillion.

Meet the Deadline: Apply Online or By Phone

The deadline to apply for the disaster unemployment assistance in Louisiana is September 21, and the following are just a few of the requirements that must be met:

  •  Must have been scheduled to work, were working, or were self-employed.
  • The ability to work has been interrupted by physical damage to place of employment - damage must be related directly to disaster.
  • Injury or inability to work is a direct result of the disaster.
  • Work performed or self-employment was the principal income source.
  • Must be able to provide documentation that supports claims of work or self-employment when the disaster occurred: paycheck stubs, social security number and other documents.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission encourages applicants to file online at www.laworks.net, or by calling 1-866-783-5567 and speaking with members of the Benefits Analysis Team between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday. The Commission warned that high call volumes may result in lengthy wait times when using the phone to file claims.

Kimberly Arsenault Kimberly Arsenault serves as an intern at the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency where she works on plan revisions and special projects. Previously, Kimberly spent 15 years in commercial and business aviation. Her positions included station manager at the former Midwest Express Airlines, as well as corporate flight attendant, inflight manager, and charter flight coordinator. Kimberly currently holds a master's degree in emergency and disaster management from American Public University.