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The Latest: 3 disaster recovery centers opening in Louisiana – San Francisco Chronicle

August 22, 2016 Updated: August 22, 2016 3:55am

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on Louisiana flooding (all times local):

5:45 a.m.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is opening three disaster recovery centers in Louisiana to help those affected by the recent flooding.

The centers will open Monday in Baton Rouge, Amite and St. Francisville.

FEMA says the centers will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.

Representatives from the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, FEMA, the Small Business Administration, volunteer groups and other agencies are at the centers to answer questions about disaster assistance and low-interest disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.

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2:05 a.m.

A man who lost most of his worldly goods in the Louisiana flooding says he and his wife are thankful their family survived. And, Chuck Craft jokes: “I guess God wanted me to de-clutter.”

He and his wife, Karen, live outside Walker, a small town near Baton Rouge. They’re among the thousands of Louisiana residents dragging water-logged furniture, appliances and other belongings out to the garbage.

The church they attend, South Walker Baptist, has become an oasis by providing sustenance for the body and soul. With help from the community and donations from across the U.S., the congregation of about 100 is providing shelter, meals and basics such as toothpaste and diapers.


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