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Governor’s office, contractors recruiting workers for flood rebuilding

by Christiaan Mader

Officials are hoping to create a workforce to put Louisiana flood victims back in their homes faster after the August floods.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, in Lafayette for a briefing and tour of flood-ravaged areas of the parish
Photo by Robin May

Louisiana contractors and state emergency officials are recruiting craftsmen and subcontractors for work rebuilding homes destroyed by August’s historic floods, hosting a job fair in Lafayette on September 9.

As part of Governor John Bel Edwards' Shelter at Home program, administered by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, the state will award up to $15,000 to qualifying families or individuals to put toward home repair. Those who qualify can live in their homes while construction is underway rather than seeking temporary residence at hotels or with family and friends.

The job fair component connects skilled and licensed craftsmen with notable contractors Core Construction, Lamar Contractors, Lemoine Company, Roy Anderson Corp and SLS to tackle jobs funded by the Shelter program.

State officials have partnered with One Acadiana and LEDA to produce the local recruitment event this Friday, to build a workforce ready to begin the process of home recovery and rebuilding. According to officials, more than 150,000 Louisiana homes have been lost or damaged at a cost north of $20 billion.

Friday’s job fair will take place at the Louisiana Immersive Technology Enterprise — sometimes called The LITE Center — at 537 Cajundome Boulevard from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can register for the event here.