BATON ROUGE, La. —More than $9.1 million in recent disaster funding reimburses local governments and nonprofits for cleaning expenses, sheltering survivors and overtime expenses for first responders following the August 2016 floods.
FEMA has reimbursed the following eligible disaster response-related expenses:
- Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in St. Gabriel: $2.2 million to cover cleaning and mold removal expenses for several buildings. The institute received $2.2 million to date.
- Ascension Parish: $4.1 million for overtime paid to parish employees responding to the August 2016 floods for providing shelter; clearing and barricading roadways; and providing sandbags. The parish received $11.4 million to date.
- Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services: $970,000 for opening and supporting 12 state shelters. The agency received $5.1 million to date.
- Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank: $1.8 million to clean its distribution center and dispose of contaminated food. The food bank received $2.9 million to date.
To date, FEMA has obligated more than $456 million to reimburse local and state government entities as well as certain private nonprofits for eligible expenses. Funds cover repairs or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure, debris removal and emergency response activities in designated parishes.
The state and FEMA continue working with 282 applicants in 26 parishes on recovery projects.
FEMA typically reimburses 75 percent of eligible expenses. However, the agency is reimbursing applicants 90 percent of eligible expenses given the magnitude of the August 2016 floods.