U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, and Representative Cedric Richmond, D-La., today announced $4.7 million in federal funding for hurricane recovery efforts in Louisiana. The money from these grants will go toward projects under the Tulane Educational Fund and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO). These grants are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program.
"Improving our infrastructure is essential to being ready for future natural and man-made disasters," Sen. Landrieu said. "These grants will ensure that our citizens have a safe and strong environment and improved quality of life."
"With every grant announced, we will continue our pledge to the proud residents who continue to call New Orleans home," Congressman Richmond said. "I am pleased with funding announced today for Tulane and New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. These repairs will ensure our city's facilities are structurally sound.
The grants announced today include:
* $1 million to the administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund for repairing the Elks Place Building, which is part of the Tulane Health Sciences Center in downtown New Orleans. During Hurricane Katrina, all architectural, mechanical and electrical equipment in the basement of the building were flooded with up to three feet of water. Repairs will include moving the mechanical and electrical equipment to upper levels of the building to prevent future flood damage.
* $3.7 million to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Due to catastrophic flooding and high winds during Hurricane Katrina, the facilities suffered major infrastructure damage. The money from this grant will go toward the inspection of the pipe system and cleaning of the sewer pipe network.