BATON ROUGE, La. – Plaquemines Parish will receive a $4.6 million federal grant to help reimburse expenses it incurred while protecting residents during the Hurricane Isaac disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced.
The grant, totaling $4,672,444, helps reimburse the parish for equipment, labor and contracted work associated with pumping efforts during the hurricane-related flood event.
“Plaquemines Parish made great efforts to protect lives and property during the storm,” said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar. “This grant demonstrates our strong support for those efforts and our commitment to the parish’s recovery.”
The FEMA grant covers the federal share of the parish’s eligible costs for the work. Under a cost-sharing formula, FEMA reimburses the state for 75 percent of the total costs, while the state and/or applicant pay the remaining 25 percent.
The newly obligated funds are a portion of the $59.4 million in total Public Assistance recovery dollars approved for Plaquemines Parish since the Aug. 29 declaration for Hurricane Isaac. Statewide, Public Assistance grants total $144.1 million.
Once FEMA reimburses the state of Louisiana it is the state’s responsibility to manage the funds, which includes making disbursements to local jurisdictions and organizations that incurred costs.
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