Down in the land of bayous and mudbugs, recover from this summer's flooding is proceeding apace, but there is still a long slog ahead, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

The last shelter from the August flood closed this week.

The last people were able to move out of a temporary shelter at Celtic Studios and into longer-term housing Wednesday, less than two months after the flooding started.

The shelters had reached a high point of 11,669 people Aug. 16, about five days after the flooding began. A total of 88 shelters were operated across 16 parishes, according to Ricky Montet with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.

Fewer than 9,000 people are living in hotels because of the flood.

There are 2,564 families receiving assistance to live in hotels and motels across nine states after the flood. That amounts to a little fewer than 9,000 people, according to Justo Hernandez, deputy federal coordinating officer for FEMA.

Most of these people are living in hotels in Louisiana, but some are receiving assistance out-of-state in places like Arkansas and Florida. At least one family is in Colorado.

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