GONZALES — Lamar-Dixon Expo Center will host a FEMA disaster recovery center and supplemental nutrition services program starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday and continuing through Sunday for Ascension Parish residents affected by severe flooding earlier this month, parish officials said.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recovery center will allow residents to talk to counselors and to officials about claims, damage assistance and U.S. Small Business Administration loans for rebuilding and flooding mitigation, parish officials said.
The center will be in Lamar-Dixon’s 4-H Building.
The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will offer food aid to residents in six ZIP codes: 70725, 70734, 70737, 70769, 70774 and 70778, parish officials said.
The state Department of Children and Family Services, which is operating the DSNAP program at the Lamar-Dixon gym, has broken up the days that residents should show up between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. based on last names: Wednesday, A to F; Thursday, G to N; and Friday, O to Z. Residents who miss their day can show up on the weekend: Saturday, A to K, and Sunday, L to Z.
Ascension is among 34 parishes that have been declared major disasters by President Barack Obama from the historic flooding. State officials have already distributed $19.1 million in food aid to nearly 52,000 households, DCFS officials said.
Ascension Parish officials encouraged residents to pre-register before they show up for either program this week.
Residents can pre-register for the recovery center at fema.gov or by calling (800) 621-3362.
Residents can pre-register for DSNAP at (888) 524-3578 or at dcfs.la.gov/dsnap.
Lamar-Dixon is located at 9039 S. St. Landry Road, Gonzales.