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Beyond the Flood (2016)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-11-16

Duration: 00:58:01

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Floods, 2016 | Natural Disasters | Disaster response and recovery | United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency | Small business


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Courtney, Bob Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Pendarvis, Albert Interviewee
  • Payer, Julie Baxter Interviewee
  • Robideaux, Joel Interviewee
  • Berggren, Wayne Interviewee
  • Doughty, Ashley Speaker
  • Doughty, Judy Speaker
  • Simmons, Kristy P. Speaker
  • Bates, Jabaca Speaker
  • Watts, Julie Esposito Speaker
  • Giambrone, Chandra Speaker
  • Kendrick, Dorothy Speaker
  • Tingle, Casey Speaker
  • Browning, Butch Speaker
  • Luzier, Marian Speaker
  • Olivier, Michael Speaker
  • Chauvin, Carey Speaker
  • Scott, Bailey Speaker
  • Rickard, Wayne Panelist
  • Dejoie, Ava Panelist
  • Knapp, Adam Panelist
  • Forbes, Pat Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from November 16, 2016, features Bob Courtney leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the recovery efforts following the historic flooding in south Louisiana. A background report, including an interview with Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, precedes the discussion. The audience members, both homeowners and renters, discuss their challenges in recovering from the flood. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Wayne Rickard, a federal disaster recovery coordinator with FEMA; Ava Dejoie, the executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission; Adam Knapp, the president of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and a member of the Restore Louisiana Task Force; and Pat Forbes, the executive director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development. They discuss: the status of the recovery; the flood’s impact on fire services; the reassessment of the property values for flooded homes; the distribution process for the $438 million the state received in federal disaster aid; the difficult recovery process for small businesses; the assistance available to workers who lost their jobs due to the flood; the possibility for assistance for homeowners who have to elevate their homes; assistance for the elderly; the unique elements of this recovery effort; preventing fraud; and FEMA assistance. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Bob Courtney