FEMA Awards $146M To Cover Governments' Flood Expenses

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded Louisiana an additional $146 million to reimburse state and local governments for debris removal and other expenses related to this summer's historic flooding.

         The funding announced Monday by FEMA includes nearly $95 million for the state's "Shelter at Home" grant program, which allows homeowners to stay in their homes while repairing damage from August's floods.

         Nearly $40 million of the federal funds will cover debris removal expenses in East Baton Rouge Parish, while more than $6 million will pay for debris removal expenses in Livingston Parish.

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         More than $5 million will reimburse expenses related to the National Guard's flood response.

         FEMA has awarded a total of $186 million in "public assistance" reimbursement money in Louisiana since floodwaters damaged tens of thousands of homes.


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