BATON ROUGE – Victims of the August flood who remain in area hotels and motels received an extension on their stay, but for a shorter time than the state requested.

The Federal Emergency Management Administration granted a one-month extension for its Transitional Sheltering Assistance program, according to Mike Steele, Communications Director for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Flood victims who remain in the hotels and motels may stay in the participating hotels and motels through April 10 and must check out the following day.

GOHSEP last week requested an extension until August.

Approximately 500 families remained in hotels and motels across Louisiana as of last week.

“The TSA program is a short-term housing option, and eligible survivors should be actively looking for a long-term housing solution,” the agency stated in a statement.

The average nightly room has cost taxpayers $102.79. The total amount billed to FEMA for hotel/motel rooms in use since the August flood has inched toward the $40 million mark.

Reasons GHOSEP Director James B. Waskom in his requested cited the lack of available rental resources in the impacted flood areas and the estimate time frame for repairs.

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