NEW ORLEANS – In support of mitigation measures following Hurricane Gustav, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today nearly $7 million for the elevation of 43 homes in Terrebonne Parish.
"This funding will help assist residents wishing to better protect their homes against future flooding," said FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office Deputy Director of Programs Andre Cadogan. "Home elevations such as these are just one of several smart mitigation measures supported by our Hazard Mitigation Grant Program."
These properties have sustained multiple flood losses and received numerous claims through the National Flood Insurance Program, to the extent that they are all on the parish's list of severe repetitive loss or substantially damaged properties.
Property owners must elevate to the adopted advisory base flood elevation for Terrebonne Parish. This will result in an incremental improvement in flood resistant housing throughout the community. Additionally, this mitigation project will significantly reduce potential future flood claims, bringing savings to the NFIP.
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.