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Aerials of severe weather flooding in East Baton Rouge Parish near Redemptorist High School east of Plank Road and south of Hollywood Street on Monday August 15, 2016. Looking north.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG

The state will be hosting a series of events this month to help flood-affected homeowners complete the initial survey required to apply for the Restore Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Program.

The state has secured nearly $1.7 billion from the federal government to aid the recovery from last year's historic floods. Most of that money has been set aside for the homeowner rebuilding program launching this month.

The state is in the process of ramping up efforts to get people entered into the application system. About 40,000 homeowners will receive emails over the next week, encouraging them to complete the survey.

Leaders say any homeowner who was affected by the flood should fill out the initial survey, which takes about 15 minutes, at http://restore.la.gov anytime or by phone at 1-866-735-2001 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Those who would like in-person assistance with filling out the survey can attend one of these events:

• May 16: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Southeastern Louisiana University's Student Union

500 W. University Ave., Hammond 

• May 17: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales

708 S. Irma Ave., Gonzales 

• May 18: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Bill Cockrell Recreation Center

4109 Pines Road, Shreveport 

• May 23: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at EBR Parish Library Greenwell Springs Branch

11300 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge 

• May 24: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Youngsville Sports Complex Gymnasium

801 Savoy Road, Youngsville

• May 25: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Denham Springs Old City Hall

115 Mattie St., Denham Springs

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