Bossier, Caddo disaster declarations signed; residents urged to report damage

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CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A disaster declaration was signed Monday morning for Caddo Parish and was sent to the Louisiana governor's office to be considered for a federal disaster declaration.

"State of Louisiana, we would like you to declare a disaster," said Robert Jump, deputy director of the Caddo Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (OHSEP).

A similar declaration for Bossier Parish was signed Saturday by Police Jury President Glenn Benton.

A presidential declaration could open avenues of funding for those who received damages during the storm, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office reports.

But, in order to even start the process, the city must see about 25 uninsured property losses.

"There are lots of people that don't have homeowners insurance, which will cover a portion of the damage that's happened from the storm," Jump said.

"But in traveling around, mainly today, the Queensborough neighborhood, I saw enough in my mind to say I think we're going to meet that threshold."

Shreveport and Caddo officials are documenting damage from the weekend storm, Sheriff Steve Prator said.

"We want to catalog this on the front end, so we would encourage those who were affected to register as soon as possible," said Prator, who also serves as the parish's OHSEP director.

Shreveport city leaders estimate that the weekend tornadoes and storms caused about $550,000 worth of damage in the city. That includes damage in Queensborough, at Independence Stadium, the Princess Park gym and several Fire Department buildings.

The city says it also has removed trees from more than 70 locations.

"Regardless of whether assessment teams come to our area or we receive federal assistance, having a record of damages allows local volunteer agencies active in disasters to know where to direct their resources."

Requests also have been made to the governor's office for state and federal damage assessment teams to come into the area, which is another part of the process to possibly receive funding, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Those affected by the storm should call the Caddo OHSEP at (318) 675-2255 to report their damages as soon as possible.

They also should register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency online at fema.gov or by calling toll-free at (800) 621-3362.

Assistance from volunteer agencies can be accessed by calling 211 or logging onto LINCC.US.

And for those with SNAP benefits who lost food because of the storm, Louisiana leaders say those benefits can be replaced. You will need to report it within 10 days and sign an affidavit with the local Children & Family Services office. In Shreveport, it's at 1525 Fairfield Ave.

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