FEMA awards $146M to cover governments’ flood expenses

Motorists on Highway 190 drive through deep water through Holden, La., after heavy rains inundated the region, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday that at least 7,000 people have been rescued so far. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Louisiana an additional $146 million to reimburse state and local governments for debris removal and other expenses related to this summer’s historic flooding.

The funding announced Monday by FEMA includes nearly $95 million for the state’s “Shelter at Home” grant program, which allows homeowners to stay in their homes while repairing damage from August’s floods.

Nearly $40 million of the federal funds will cover debris removal expenses in East Baton Rouge Parish, while more than $6 million will pay for debris removal expenses in Livingston Parish.

More than $5 million will reimburse expenses related to the National Guard’s flood response.

FEMA has awarded a total of $186 million in “public assistance” reimbursement money in Louisiana since floodwaters damaged tens of thousands of homes.

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