FEMA ends free lodg­ing for Louisiana flood vic­tims

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BA­TON ROUGE | The Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency is cut­ting off a pro­gram that paid for thou­sands of Louisiana fam­i­lies to stay in ho­tels and mo­tels af­ter last sum­mer’s his­toric flood­ing.

Wed­nes­day was the dead­line for vic­tims of Au­gust’s floods to check out of their govern­ment-sub­si­dized rooms.

FEMA has cov­ered the lodg­ing costs for more than 4,300 house­holds over the past nine months. FEMA spokesman Jake Con­ley said 73 house­holds were still

en­rolled in the Tran­si­tional Shel­ter­ing As­sis­tance pro­gram as of Tues­day.

Mr. Con­ley said case­work­ers will con­tinue to as­sist res­i­dents with find­ing per­ma­nent hous­ing.

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