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2,800 people remain in shelters after La. flooding

Associated Press

Baton Rouge, La. — More than 2,800 people remain in shelters a week after the devastating flooding that wrecked homes across south Louisiana.

The Department of Children and Family Services announced the latest figure Monday.

The storm and its flooding have damaged an estimated 60,000 homes and forced thousands to seek temporary housing with relatives, friends or shelters.

More than 106,000 people have registered for federal disaster aid, with the state saying $20 million has been distributed to individuals so far.

At least 40 state highways remained closed.

The grace period for renewing flood insurance policies in south Louisiana parishes heavily damaged by flooding has been extended to 120 days.

FEMA announced the extension Monday, saying it gives policyholders “one less thing to worry about” while they’re trying to repair homes and respond to the disaster.

Usually, homeowners have 30 days from when coverage ends to renew their insurance policies under the National Flood Insurance Program.

The 120-day grace period applies to the 20 parishes included in the federal disaster declaration. The extension applies to flood insurance policies with a 30-day grace period that ends sometime between Aug. 11 and Sept. 10.

FEMA says more than 25,000 flood insurance policyholders have submitted claims for losses during Louisiana’s catastrophic flooding so far.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton says she will visit flood-damaged Louisiana when “the presence of a political campaign will not disrupt the response.”

In a statement Monday, the Democratic presidential nominee called the floods a crisis in need of a national response. She noted that she had asked supporters to contribute to the Red Cross to help recovery efforts for the more than 100,000 people affected by the floods.

Clinton added that she wants to make sure there is a focus on Zika prevention, so that the mosquitoes that carry the virus don’t spread to Louisiana.

Republican nominee Donald Trump visited Louisiana on Friday and President Barack Obama is expected Tuesday. Heavy flooding this month killed at least 13 people and displaced thousands more after water engulfed their homes.