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FEMA to help Louisiana parishes pay for flood damage

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency said today that disaster aid has been made available to Louisiana to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas struck by flooding from April 25 through July 7, the agency said today.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the following parishes: Assumption, Avoyelles, Concordia, East Carroll, Lafourche, Madison, Point Coupee, St. Charles, St. James, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Tensas, Terrebonne, and West Feliciana.

 

Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures statewide.

 

Gerard M. Stolar has been named as the cordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

Assistance may include:

 

—Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, state administered.)

 

—Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for removing debris from public areas and for emergency measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health, including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program.

 

—Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by state and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.

Briefings planned

Application procedures for local governments will be explained at a series of federal/state applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the state from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

 

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Written by demon53

August 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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