U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced nearly $9.7 million in federal funding for hurricane recovery efforts in New Orleans. Grants will fund numerous projects, including repairs to the Port of New Orleans, New Orleans sewerage and water system, and the LSU Health Sciences Center. These grants are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program.
"These grants are continuing efforts to rebuild New Orleans stronger than before Hurricane Katrina, and better prepared for future natural and man-made disasters," Sen. Landrieu said. "These grants will make important improvement to facilities such as the Port of New Orleans, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and the LSU Health Sciences Center. These are positive developments for our city, our citizens and our infrastructure as part of our continued recovery."
The grants announced today include:
* $3.7 million for the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) which sustained electrical and wind damage as well as catastrophic flooding during Hurricane Katrina. The grant money will be used to fund measures to prevent the recurrences of similar damage in the future, including raising two pumps and elevating diesel transfer pumps to avoid future flood damage.
* $3 million to the Port of New Orleans for damages caused by major floodwater, surge and high winds to its facilities including buildings, warehouses, and sheds. This money will help to repair and improve the Governor Nicholls and Esplanade Wharves Substructure and Shed project, which includes work on bracing damaged piles, replacement of wall panels, and extensive roof repairs.
* $2.98 million for the LSU Health Sciences Center complex, which experienced major damages during Hurricane Katrina. The funds from this grant will help to restore disaster-damaged facilities specific to the school of medicine.