Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Flood Insurance Programs (NFIP) have granted his request for an extension of the filing deadline for submitting a proof of loss for flood insurance claims resulting from the August 2016 flood.

The Governor's Office of Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (GOHSEP) made the official request for an extension on Nov. 29. With this extension, an NFIP policyholder will have a total of 180 days following the date of loss to provide the completed, signed and sworn-to proof of loss to the insurer.

"This extension allows Louisiana policyholders affected by the August flood more time to document their losses and to submit their claims so they can get the funds to repair and rebuild their homes," Edwards said. "We will continue to monitor as claims are submitted and will continue to request that further extensions be granted so that all policyholders can have the time needed to submit their claims."