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Louisiana restaurants help flood victims

The Louisiana Restaurant Association is assisting restaurateurs and residents after devastating floods hit 20 parishes in and around Greater Baton Rouge.

About 6.9 trillion gallons of rain fell Aug. 11 to 14, damaging more than 60,000 homes and 7,000 businesses, according to published reports.

The LRA offers a Flood Recovery Resource page to help affected restaurants. It also produced a video on safe cleanup tips for businesses that don’t have funds or insurance to cover third-party cleaning crews. Other resources include:

  • How to apply for FEMA disaster assistance
  • How to apply for an SBA disaster loan
  • Contact information for insurers in the state and claim phone numbers
  • IRS workbook documents to help identify business and personal losses
  • Free access to Louisiana Economic Development counselors at five recovery centers.

“The full impact of this flood is different from past events in that the damage was widespread, destroying homes, businesses, and many vehicles, which limit employees’ options to get to work,” said Stan Harris, the LRA’s president and CEO.

The LRA also partnered with several of its members and the Second Harvest Food Bank to help the hardest-hit parishes. Many restaurants are working directly with Second Harvest to donate product, services or funds. The association joined several operators, chefs and suppliers to feed residents in flood- ravaged towns.

“Our industry has responded with its usual ‘Where can we help?’ approach,” Harris said. “Be it meals, supplies, water or other items, our industry’s generosity and willingness to share makes us proud. Our members are feeding people wherever they can.”

Harris added that the LRA team will continue to coordinate with relief efforts.

”The time frame for this tragedy will be long-lasting, but the kindness and compassion of our industry will help soften the blow,” he said.

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