Help on the way soon for storm victims

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BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) – Help may soon be on the way for residents in the affected areas from the storms. Starting Tuesday, crews from the state and FEMA will start assessing the damage in the hardest hit areas affected by the storms and flooding.

The goal is to decide whether or not the areas affected are eligible for federal aid but, it's going to take a lot of work.

With federal assistance—businesses, home owners and even state and local government could be eligible for up to an 75-percent reimbursement from 'Uncle Sam' for cleanup costs.

The Caddo-Bossier Homeland Security Office alone received 600 calls with damage reports so it's going to take some time to process all of those claims.

"If you're uninsured it helps you repair your property with grants which are not paid back or through low interest long term loans," Sandy Davis said.

Davis also said investigators won't be knocking on every door to make this assessment and after that it's going to take at least 30 days to get the okay from the feds to approve emergency monies.

These visits are just a 'snap shot' so to speak to see whether or not enough folks are affected.

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