POSTED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 2:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, October 18, 2013 - 2:34pm
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. chair of the Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, announced $14.6 million in disaster recovery grants for communities in Southeast Louisiana, including Houma, New Orleans and St. Gabriel. The funding, provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation and Public Assistance Programs, will allow these communities to fortify and strengthen structures against future flooding and wind damage from storms.
"We have two choices when we rebuild from disasters: build what was there or build stronger, smarter and better than before. Today's grants provide our communities the resources they need to do the latter. They will be more resilient in storms, prevent future property damage, protect life and save the tax payers money," Sen. Landrieu.
Today's grants include:
$3.8 million to the City of St. Gabriel to improve water drainage on Besson, Ravier and Jake Lanes. Flooding of these streets often causes a cascading effect thus affecting structures in the area and neighboring streets.
$1.6 million to the City of Houma for its Civic Center to install hurricane-resistant shutters and an improved roof to protect against flying debris and water damage.
$1.8 million to the City of New Orleans to elevate eight structures that have previously suffered from repetitive flooding.
$7.4 million to elevate 24 homes and 20 structures to reduce future flood damage, repeat claims and lower first responder costs.