The Road to Recovery

February 2017: Many questions still linger following the flood:
Business owners see God’s hand at work in their lives
Denham Springs Elementary temporary campus opens
Church considers donation an opportunity to repay kindness
Livingston Parish Mayors respond to flood recovery efforts
A deeper look into the community 6 months after the flood
Graves named chairman of Water Resources Committee

January 2017: We are still traveling down the Road to Recovery. Here are a couple of great stories:
Students receive welding supplies to replace those lost in flood
The Great Flood of 2016 through the eyes of Ben Smith, owner of The Glass Guru

December 2016: The Road to Recover continues four moths after the flood. We hope the following stories will inspire those still in the rebuilding process.
Southeastern furnishings head to Livingston
Reality show rescues Big Mike’s in whirlwind event
Academy Sports + Outdoors reopens on Black Friday
Central Perk Coffee Shop & Cafe
The Dream is mightier than the flood
Mothers and Daughters come back strongerNovember 2016:

Here we are at the end of the THIRD MONTH OF RECOVERY – We are still responsible for maintaining homeowners, dwelling, and flood insurances. We are still responsible for paying premiums, mortgages and property taxes. We are continuing to pay our utilities and services bills on homes in which we cannot reside. All of which means that we need each other. There may be questions you have, needs that haven’t been met, or resources you may be searching for you re-builds or re-locations. 3 months later…you are not alone.We hope the following “Need to know” special section will be a valuable resource to all:Need to know: Questions you have
Need to know: Answers
Need to know: Now what…wait
Need to know: Do I really need flood insurance?
Need to know: How do I appeal?
Need to know: Avoid being scammed by unscrupulous contractors
October 2016: The Great Flood that stalled over southeast Louisiana in mid-August 2016 dumped up to 20 inches of rain in many places, and perhaps as much as 36 inches in other places, over a three to four day period, causing catastrophic flooding of thousands of homes and businesses.
The entire length of I-12 which runs from Baton Rouge to Covington and bisects Livingston Parish was closed due to flooding, and thousands of vehicles were fl ooded and abandoned on the roadway, creating a nightmare to get that busy artery open again in the following days.
This tale was sadly repeated in all the communities throughout our distribution areas for both of our magazines: The Livingston Business Journal in the parish of Livingston, and The Business Journal in Zachary, Baker, Central, St. Francisville and New Roads.
We’re bringing our readers stories of survivors and information they can use to rebuild their lives, their homes and their businesses and a few good-news stories to be uplifting, and we’ll have more stories about different spots within our readership area in the next issues.
The Flood of 2016 has definitely changed our lives in many ways, but it will not defeat us. We are already on the road to recovery.Here are the stories along the Road to Recovery:

Disaster Assistance Center information
Choosing a contractor to repair your home or business
FEMA: Multi-Family Property Owner Assistance
Louisiana Treasury returns nearly $70,000 in unclaimed property to flood victim
FEMA offers info on replacing lost documents
Tax relief for victims of severe storms flooding in Louisiana
Gov. Edwards announces flood recovery task force
City of Denham Springs begins private property debris removal program
Denham Springs explains steps necessary for getting a construction permit
Where to find Denham Springs government offices
Local officials complain help from Washington is inadequate
The question everyone is asking…when is Juban Crossing coming back?
The Denham Springs Antiques Village hit hard but has rebounded
Plans proceed for future downtown celebrations
A Letter to the Editor