NEW ORLEANS -- In support of mitigation measures following Hurricane Gustav, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today nearly $7.9 million for the elevation of 45 homes in Terrebonne Parish.
These properties have sustained multiple flood losses and received numerous claims through the National Flood Insurance Program and/or have been declared substantially damaged during Hurricane Gustav.
"This grant will enable many residents in Terrebonne Parish to prepare their homes to better withstand the impact of another potential storm," said FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan. "In doing so, our hope is to protect against similar hurricane damages occurring again."
As part of this mitigation project and in an effort to reduce the risk of future flooding of these properties, owners must elevate to one foot above the advisory base flood elevation level for Terrebonne Parish or to one foot above the adopted digital flood insurance rate map level.
In addition to providing savings to the NFIP because of the expected decrease in potential future claims, such mitigation work will also directly benefit Terrebonne Parish by improving flood resistant housing throughout the community.
While other mitigation measures were considered, this elevation project was deemed to be the most cost effective and beneficial to the parish and affected home owners.
The entire project is expected to be completed in approximately three years.
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.