NEW ROADS, LA (NBC33) — The Disaster Recovery unit of the Louisiana Office of Community Development (LOCD) awarded a $25,000 grant to the city of New Roads to create a comprehensive plan that will help the local community recover from the Gustav/Ike hurricanes.
“This funding will assist our city in developing a more effective crisis response plan in the event of a major hurricane, crisis flooding situation, or other disaster,” Mayor Robert Myer said. “Our administrative team has been very proactive in seeking ways to improve safety conditions for our citizens and improving our response times and methods. I am excited that our plan was selected for this grant, and I’m looking forward to investing these dollars into improving our city, making it a safer, better place for all who live here.”
Myer received a letter from Pat Forbes, the executive director of the LOCD, explaining that the city will get a cooperative endeavor agreement from the state by Feb. 5, that will specify how the funds must be used, per federal guidelines.
“Community resiliency – the capability to anticipate risk, limit impact and bounce back in the face of turbulent change – is the basis for this funding,” Forbes said.
Since 2005, the state of Louisiana has received over $80 billion in grant money for disaster recovery in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Isaac.