As everyone is acutely aware, our Parish was inundated with torrential rainstorms during the weeks of May 10th and May 17th. It is estimated that during this period of time, St. Martin Parish received over 25-30 inches of rain in many areas. As a consequence, we experienced both flash flooding and back flooding.

On May 17, 2021, Parish President Chester Cedars declared a State of Emergency for all of St. Martin Parish. On that same date, Governor John Bel Edwards issued a statewide State of Emergency. Both declarations were issued pursuant to the Louisiana Homeland Security and Emergency Assistance and Disaster Act, La. R.S. 29:721, et seq. Recently, as a product of requests from Governor Edwards, the President declared a federal disaster under what is known as the Stafford Act. This federal declaration now opens the door for individuals to receive federal relief for damages associated with the flooding. The individual aid includes financial assistance for rent, repairs, property loss, and other related flood damages.

At this point, the only parishes which have been included in the federal declaration for individual assistance are Ascension, Calcasieu, East Baton Rouge, Iberville, and Lafayette. However, other parishes will be included as the threshold for damages within each affected parish is met. To meet this benchmark, the reporting of damages/flooding is essential. Therefore, it is critical for all persons who incurred any sort of damages related to the flooding to immediately report their damages to either:
– St. Martin Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness at 337.394.2808; or
– GOHSEP at damage.la.gov

Note that reporting is important EVEN THOUGH a person may have flood insurance which fully covers any loss.