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Aerials of severe weather flooding in East Baton Rouge Parish on Monday August 15, 2016. A National Guard vehicle turns west on Prescott Avenue off of N. Foster Drive. Looking south southeast.

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG

The Louisiana governor's office is warning flood victims not to fall prey to people trying to seek money in exchange for help with the state's new online survey system.

The flood-damage survey, which went live Monday morning, is the first step in applying for state assistance with homeowner rebuilding programs. It's an online system, but people can also call 1-866-735-2001, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday to seek free assistance by phone.

On Monday afternoon, the governor's office issued an alert warning that it has received "reports of individuals attempting to charge homeowners for assistance to fill out the survey."

"The Louisiana Office of Community Development strongly urges flood victims against accepting help from third parties who are charging a fee to help fill out the initial survey of interest for the homeowner recovery program from the March and August floods," the alert reads. "There is no charge to fill out the survey and residents should not give out personal information to these third parties."

As of about 2 p.m., 3,930 had completed surveys. The process is expected to be open for some time and there is no first-come, first-serve system, so flood victims have time to fill out the form.

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