BATON ROUGE, La. — The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):
People who lost jobs or income because of the flooding across south Louisiana have more time to apply for disaster unemployment assistance.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission announced Thursday that it was extending the application period to Oct. 14 in the 20 parishes that were part of the federal disaster declaration. The unemployment assistance is available from Aug. 14 through Feb. 18.
The aid is available to people who can’t work because of flooding damage to their job site or an injury from the flooding — and who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits.
Applications can be filed online at www.laworks.net or by phone at 1-866-783-5567. The workforce commission is encouraging people to apply through the website, warning that delays are likely if someone tries to file by phone.
When Livingston Parish students return to school on Sept. 12, many will be at a new campus and some students going to their usual schools will have different start and end times to their school day.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/2cfcfnZ) Livingston Parish school officials announced Wednesday the schedules and assignments for those students whose schools have been severely damaged by the floods.
Superintendent Rick Wentzel says under the new schedules, students won’t receive the number of instructional minutes required by state law. However, the district is in the process of obtaining a waiver from the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Wentzel says the district also plans to revamp its academic calendar to create some makeup days. That schedule is expected to be presented to the school board for review and approval at its Sept. 8 meeting.
A U.S. senator says the Federal Emergency Management will provide Louisiana with $6.8 million to fund crisis counseling for flood victims.
Sen. David Vitter’s office announced the grant in a news release Wednesday. The release says the money is for counseling, education and development of coping skills. The state will be responsible for distributing the money from FEMA’s Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program.
Program funds generally go to community-based shelters, community centers and churches. In some cases, in-person services are made available at survivors’ homes.
Earlier this week, FEMA announced funding for free crisis counseling for storm-affected children, administered by the state health department.