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LABI Urges Louisiana Businesses to Seek Disaster Assistance

August 15, 2016

BATON ROUGE, LA (August 15, 2016) – The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) urges businesses affected by severe storms and flooding beginning Aug. 11, and continuing, to seek federal resources now available to assist with economic recovery. To help companies navigate the recovery process, LABI published a listing of resources online at

The President approved a major disaster declaration for the State of Louisiana Aug. 14. This declaration makes federal resources available to affected individuals and businesses in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena and Tangipahoa.

“This flooding event will leave many long-term challenges in its wake. We are currently reaching out to our members to gauge the impact and relay updated recovery and assistance information to them,” Stephen Waguespack, president of LABI, said.

“We also want to commend the many businesses that have stayed open late, offered services and reached out to help their fellow man in countless ways during these last few days. Those owners and employees have homes and families impacted as well, but they remain focused on helping their community recover. That spirit will continue to be counted on in the days and weeks to come. “

Any business impacted should register at for updated news alerts and recovery information and continue to check for updates.