By Mary Kilpatric
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, in conjunction with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Rep. Cedric Richmond, announced today that FEMA's Public Assistance Program will finance $11.8 million of New Orleans' ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery effort.
Approximately $10 million will be used to repair damage to the New Orleans sewerage and water system caused by flooding and wind during Katrina.
"These grants will fund repairs to some of our city's main facilities, including the New Orleans sewerage and water system," Sen. Landrieu said. "Restoring these roads and water systems to their original states, while also improving them to meet new standards, will be beneficial to New Orleans residents and our city's recovery as a whole."
The remaining $1.8 million will support repairs to the Port of New Orleans' roads and pavement facility.
"Funding announced today will continue investment in first-class facilities that will support our economy and protect our homes and families," Richmond said. "In the aftermath of natural and man-made disasters, we must continue the work of rebuilding and this funding will help us do just that. Both funded areas are in desperate need of resources and support. The Port of New Orleans is essential to our commercial growth, while repairs to our water systems are critical to the stability of our communities."