NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently announced nearly $5.4 million in recovery funds to St. Bernard Parish, covering costs for the replacements of Katrina-damaged water meters.
"Functioning water meters are essential for normal community operations," said FEMA’s Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan. “Katrina basically destroyed thousands of water meters located on residential, public and commercial properties throughout St. Bernard Parish. All of the damaged meters warranted replacements so that the parish could continue to monitor and invoice water consumption levels following the storm.”
St. Bernard Parish began replacing damaged meters as residents returned and requested their services resume. FEMA’s recent $5.4 million grant provides reimbursement for the recovery work taken to replace the damaged meters.
Cadogan added, "St. Bernard’s restoration efforts continue to lure former residents and new residents into the revitalized community. The reliability of new, accurate water meters post-Katrina is just one more 'tool of measurement’ throughout their unprecedented recovery."
"We are grateful for the partnerships that continue to work on our recovery related projects," St. Bernard Parish President Craig P. Taffaro Jr. said.
To date, FEMA has obligated approximately $1.6 billion in Public Assistance funding for Katrina and Rita related recovery work throughout St. Bernard Parish.
When FEMA approves projects through its supplemental Public Assistance grant, the funds are made available to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, who disburses them to the applicant for eligible work completed.
The Public Assistance program works with state and local officials to fund recovery measures and the rebuilding of government and certain private nonprofit organizations’ buildings, as well as roads, bridges and water and sewer plants. In order for the process to be successful, federal, state and local partners coordinate to draw up project plans, fund these projects and oversee their completion.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.