A team of volunteers next week will begin canvassing neighborhoods in West Baton Rouge and Iberville parishes that flooded last year to scope out what recovery needs remain unmet.
The South Central Louisiana Recovery group, along with World Renew volunteers, will begin conducting one-on-one interviews Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and again on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon.
SCLR is also opening two walk-in centers in both parishes next week where flood victims are encouraged to visit and complete a short interview regarding flood losses and recovery needs.
In West Baton Rouge, the walk-in center will be stationed at The First Baptist Church of Addis; 6781 La. 1 South. The center will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m to noon on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Mount Bethel Baptist Church in St. Gabriel will serve as the walk-in center in Iberville Parish. The church, located at 5651 Martin Luther King Pkwy., will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 7.
"The records we have from FEMA show there were about 300 homes in West Baton Rouge and more than 1,000 in Iberville parish that were damaged in the 2016 floods," said Elizabeth Hill, a spokeswoman for the Provisions Project. "
She said the group is canvassing to assess the needs that are still out there.
"We know there are homes that still need to be rebuilt," Hill said.
According to a news release, the process will help prioritize individual unmet needs and connect flood victims with SCLR services and partner agencies that can provide recovery support, case management as well as financial and construction assistance.
The information the groups obtain, which is confidential, also helps SCLR develop a detailed estimate of the total cost recovery for both parishes. That information will be used by the organization and government agencies to raise any necessary funds for rebuilding materials.