BATON ROUGE – A
nonprofit Rural Community Housing Development Corp. association and other plaintiffs
have filed a suit against federal agencies and others seeking relief
for flood victims.
People's Workshop Inc./Department of Feliciana
Housing Authority through its president George A. Turner, et al.,
individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, filed a
complaint on Feb. 24 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District
of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Division against
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
John F. Kelly, et al.
citing the Stafford Act and other counts and seeking declaratory relief.
to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the defendants have failed
to provide assistance to the Town of Clinton residents that were
affected by flooding in August 2016. The plaintiffs holds Federal
Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security John F.
Kelly, et al responsible because the defendants allegedly continued to
fail and/or refused to provide housing assistance to the residents and
failed to utilize local property identified as groupsite locations in
their community to place FEMA trailers.
The plaintiffs request a
trial by jury and seek declaratory and injunctive relief, an order
allowing this case to proceed as a class action, award for costs of the
suit and such other relief. They are represented by Carol D. Powell
Lexing of Law Office of Carol D. Powell Lexing in Monroe.
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, East Baton Rouge Division Case number 3:17-cv-00107