U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., today announced approximately $63.5 million in federal funding for recovery efforts in Louisiana. Approximately $8.5 million will fund work on facilities and levees in the New Orleans region that sustained severe damage due to Hurricane Katrina, and $55 million will be used to fund eligible mitigation activities for residential structures damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita across South Louisiana. These grants are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
"Because of this funding from FEMA, our residents will be better protected in the event of another hurricane or disaster. We have learned from Katrina that reinforcing our levees is not optional; if we are to survive and thrive as we face future storms, we have to be prepared to manage the water that surrounds our city and our neighborhoods," Sen. Landrieu said.
"This funding is critical to the continued recovery of our region," said Rep. Richmond. "In the aftermath of natural and manmade disasters, the Port of New Orleans is critical to our commercial growth. Funding announced today will allow us to ensure that we are investing in first- class facilities that will support our economy and protect our homes and families. I will continue to advocate for funding that will move our recovery projects toward completion."
The grants announced today include:
* $1,856,435 for facilities owned and operated by the City of New Orleans that suffered damage from Hurricane Katrina.
* $1,728,294 for the East Jefferson Levee District to strengthen its Jefferson Parish levee system by adding broken concrete debris and grouting it in place. This levee system, which protects the population of the eastern portion of the parish from tidal flooding from Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River, suffered damage from Hurricane Katrina. This funding will also go to the maintenance of the lakeshore Linear Park and portions of the levee system along the south end of Lake Pontchartrain, located adjacent to the City of New Orleans.
* $4,869,095 for the Port of New Orleans to improve road and pavement facilities at the Louisiana Avenue Terminal Complex Yard in New Orleans.
* $55,000,000 for the state's Office of Community Development (OCD) for costs associated with the office's rebuilding project. This builds on the success of grant awards totaling almost $370 million, which has been distributed for elevation, pilot reconstruction and individual mitigation measures.
As Chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, Sen. Landrieu included a provision in the fiscal year 2012 Homeland Security Appropriations Act that gives states flexibility to use FEMA hazard mitigation grant funding to reimburse homeowners for elevation work originally completed with a SBA loan. This provision provides equity of benefits among disaster survivors.