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Aerial of severe flooding in the Watson area of Livingston Parish on Sunday August 14, 2016.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG

After last summer's flood, many families were told they were ineligible for federal aid because they could not prove they owned the houses where they lived.

As the anniversary approaches, a group of lawyers working pro bono say they've helped those homeowners claim over $3 million in disaster funds.

Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and its partners have helped 106 families clear the titles to their property, the agency wrote in a Thursday news release.

Another 154 cases are still pending.

Titles may be muddy when a person dies and a family member takes up in the home without a formal succession document. However, without legal proof of ownership, agencies like the Federal Emergency Management Agency can withhold some of the funding used to rebuild after a catastrophe.

Though it has been a year since the flood, attorneys are still asking East Baton Rouge, Livingston and Ascension Parish residents with title issues to come forward if they need legal help.

There will be two events Saturday. The first will be at Denham Springs Junior High between 9 a.m. and noon. The second will be at Arsenal Park between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Residents can also obtain legal assistance by calling 1-844-244-7871.

The Kellogg Foundation, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Equal Justice Works, the Louisiana Bar Association, LSU Law Center and American Bar Association Center for Innovation have all collaborated on the project.

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