Slidell To Get Final $60M From FEMA For Katrina Damage

SLIDELL, LA (AP) — Slidell will get a $60 million check from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to finish repairing the damage Hurricane Katrina caused in 2005 to its streets and the sewer and drainage lines under them.

         Mike Womack, director of FEMA's Louisiana Recovery Office, tells The New Orleans Advocate’s Sara Pagones it's the last large grant the agency will make in the state for Katrina damage.

         Womack made the announcement at a Slidell City Council meeting Tuesday.

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         Slidell hired Stuart Consulting Group to help make its case for more federal aid, and FEMA eventually provided another $15 million. The city began work on the first project funded with that money early this year.

         But the city's persistence now has resulted in a much bigger payoff: the additional $60 million that Womack said will arrive in about two months.

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