Louisiana Hurricane Rita (DR-1607)

Incident period: September 23, 2005 to November 1, 2005
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 24, 2005

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

December 17, 2010
News Release
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today a $26.5 million public assistance grant to the St. Bernard Parish School Board, helping to fund the construction of the parish's new Gauthier Elementary School.  This recent grant is the result of FEMA approving the local school board's alternate project request, which asked that federal funding provided for Katrina-related damages at P.G.T. Beauregard Middle School be utilized instead to rebuild other school system facilities in the best interest of their larger community.
December 7, 2010
News Release
NEW ORLEANS, La.  -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today an approximate $1.9 million in additional funds for the Regional Transit Authority.
December 6, 2010
News Release
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today more than $2.7 million for the Blood Center. The largest blood provider for hospitals in the region will use these federal dollars to finance the already completed restoration and expansion of its Hammond, La., facility.
November 29, 2010
News Release
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today it has approved an additional $100 million in hazard mitigation grant program funding to the state’s Office of Community Development. "The OCD program is one of the most ambitious and innovative mitigation projects ever undertaken by a state. Potentially tens of thousands of homeowners will be able to alleviate against future damages to their homes with this federal funding," said FEMA's Regional Administrator for Region VI Tony Russell.
November 1, 2010
News Release
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today more than $2.4 million in funding for a Plaquemines Parish sewage treatment plant. Plaquemines Parish will use these federal dollars to repair the Port Sulphur Wastewater Treatment Plant in Port Sulphur, La., which sustained damages from heavy winds and flooding from Hurricane Katrina. The repairs are expected to be complete by December.
October 29, 2010
News Release
CALCASIEU PARISH, La. -- Calcasieu Parish property owners without flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible premiums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect on Feb. 18, 2011. The latest flood hazard maps, known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMS), delineate new flood-risk zones and serve as an integral part of the National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP), which plays a key role in defense against flood losses. Property owners need to know that this could mean a change in their floodplain status. 

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