NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced eight additional Katrina-related grants totaling more than $30.1 million in recovery funding that will directly benefit various public projects throughout New Orleans.
"The great thing about these grants in particular is that they support recognizable community projects," said FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan. "These are projects that residents throughout New Orleans will notice – street repairs, new firefighting equipment, larger public libraries, as well as water and sewerage system repairs."
Regarding the mentioned water and sewerage system repairs, $22.3 million of FEMA’s recently obligated $30.1 million was provided directly to the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans and breaks out into the following recovery projects:
- $16.5 million was obligated for additional storm-related damages at the Carrollton Water Treatment facility. During Katrina, the mechanical components of the facility’s boiler room and lift buildings were significantly damaged. This new funding, along with previously obligated FEMA grants, will help rebuild the water treatment plant to better safeguard it against potential future storms.
- $2.9 million covers costs of sewerage collection system repairs performed during April 14, 2009, through June 1, 2010. The SWBNO used their own labor, equipment and materials to conduct such work, and this grant reimburses them for out-of pocket expenses incurred.
- $2.9 million was obligated for administrative-related work pertaining to managing recovery measures at five waste pump stations – France/Florida, Venetian Isle, American Marine, and stations No. 5 and No. 14.
"This new funding is crucial to our city’s continued recovery and rebuilding efforts," said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. "Repairing critical infrastructure at the Sewerage and Water Board has been a top priority of mine, and I thank FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for his swift attention to our city’s needs. We look forward to continuing our positive working relationship with FEMA as new funds are allocated for critical recovery projects and infrastructure repairs across our city."
Executive Director of the Sewerage and Water Board Marcia A. St. Martin said, "The award of $22.3 million to the Board comes at a very critical time. Our water, sewerage and power systems are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina and while a tremendous amount of work has been completed, there is still so much work to be done."
St. Martin added, "We have developed a great relationship with the leadership and staff of FEMA. The agency understands our needs and knows the Board will dedicate the funds quickly and reliably to much needed projects to repair the infrastructure of the city."
In addition to the funding provided to the SWBNO, the remaining $7.8 million was provided directly to the city of New Orleans for the following projects:
- $2.6 million was obligated to reflect additional street damages identified in the lower ninth ward of New Orleans. This funding, along with previously obligated FEMA grants, will cover the repairs of Katrina-damaged roads, driveways and sidewalks in the ninth ward.
- $1.6 million was provided to replace damaged contents at 27 individual New Orleans fire stations and one fire communications facility. This overall grant simplifies the large scale replacements necessary to meet the fire department’s recovery needs.
- $3.6 million was obligated as two improved projects, allowing the city to apply estimated eligible costs asso...