Lake Charles Recovery Expo being held this weekend

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 2:55 PM CDT
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - If there’s anything we’ve learned from the 2020 hurricane season, it’s there’s no “one size fits all” recovery plan.

We’ve heard stories of residents being taken advantage of, and now, one group is returning to the Lake Area this weekend to provide some much-needed help.

The Lake Charles Recovery Expo is being held in the Prien Lake Mall parking lot Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13.

After hearing from numerous residents about the unfortunate situations they find themselves in following the storms, HBCU Adventures is holding another Hurricane Recovery Expo for homeowners and renters.

HBCU Adventures traveled to the Lake Area in October of 2020 and heard concerns from residents on a long list of topics and challenges they’ve faced since Hurricane Laura.

  • Contractor Scams
  • Not knowing where to start in the recovery process
  • Little knowledge regarding their hurricane deductible

This expo helped thousands of residents in Lake Charles after Hurricane Delta, and now, HBCU Adventures is hoping to help just as many affected by the recent May flood event.

Following the first expo, Organizer Alexis says they immediately knew it would be one of many events they would spearhead to try and provide some type of relief to people in the area.

Residents who attend will find peace in knowing that the companies participating have been vetted. Those who are currently dealing with the headache of their claims can also come out to speak with the law firms that will be attending for some clarity with their situation.

”This is a place where you come to start trying to unravel those complicated issues with the experts who could potentially give you that advice to know which way to go,” attorney Candice Collucci, Esq. said.

She said during last year’s expo, they were able to assist nearly 300 SWLA residents with recovery claims.

”The biggest areas of concern with the last event that we did for the homeowners that were coming out was the fact that they were so devastated with the fact that their insurance company was not assisting them,” Collucci said.

Collucci, who specializes in property damage insurance claims, says last year’s expo was a learning experience - not just for the homeowners.

”What was probably the most shocking for me, because I do this all the time with hurricane survivors, is that the hurricane deductibles were so astronomic. The deductibles in Louisiana are really high,” Collucci said.

She says what makes the expo so special is that each vendor is fully vetted.

Representatives and adjustors from FEMA and the Louisiana Department of Insurance will be on hand to answer questions. There will also be roofers, contractors, HVAC specialists, mold mitigation specialists, and others in attendance that you could arrange to hire on the spot.

”To have those people in front of us telling us what it feels like to go through this. And now still going through it, because there are thousands and thousands of people who still don’t have the money they need to recover. And their house is unliveable,” Collucci said.

The event, being hosted by HBCU Adventures, is free to the public.

The event is from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Topics include the following:

  • Housing resources
  • Sheltering at home
  • Flood insurance
  • Foreclosure prevention
  • Housing counseling
  • Unemployment
  • Title issues/successions
  • Legal services
  • Disaster tax relief
  • Mitigation
  • Various types of loans and more.

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