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LSU head coach Ed Orgeron leads the team as they walk down Victory Hill before kickoff for LSU's spring game, Saturday, April 22, 2017, at LSU's Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, La.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK

To get the word out about assistance that's available to people affected by last year's historic floods, Gov. John Bel Edwards has turned to someone who has no trouble getting people's attention.

LSU's newly-minted head football coach, Ed Orgeron, has recorded a series of television and radio public service announcements that will soon be hitting the airwaves.

"(Orgeron) told the governor if there was anything he could do then he wanted to help," Edwards spokesman Richard Carbo said.

Orgeron, who grew up in Larose and went from defensive line coach at LSU to replacing Les Miles in the head coaching role, has previously noted that some of his own players were personally affected by the floods.

The state has received nearly $1.7 billion from the federal government to aid the recovery. The bulk of that will go toward homeowner rebuilding programs.

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 anytime or by phone at 1-866-735-2001 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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