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BATON ROUGE – It was standing room only at a town hall meeting Monday night. Congressman Garret Graves along with Restore Louisiana representatives hosted the gathering to answer questions about duplication of benefits issues following the 2016 flood.
Baton Rouge, LA – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) announced today that Livingston Parish will receive a $5.3 million federal grant to fund the elevation of 88 homes that were substantially damaged during the 2016 flood. This funding is a result of the roughly $300 million in federal hazard mitigation dollars that Graves spearheaded in Congress in the months following the record flood.
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SCENSION PARISH- Trash in the Amite River has been an issue for years, but Saturday dozens of people joined forces to clean up the River.
It's all part of a project called The Amite River Clean Up.
Boaters from both Livingston and Ascension Parish were out and about hauling in large debris and dumping the trash.
Since the Comite Diversion Canal has been 40 years coming, a last-minute snarl from Kansas City Southern Railway is frustrating the public. The newest dispute involves maintenance of a new and higher railroad bridge over the canal.
The railroad is quarreling with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over how much the government will pay to maintain the structure.
Given that this project has been so long in development, and that area citizens have been paying into a fund for it through property taxes for decades, such a delay is not understandable.
DENHAM SPRINGS – More federal funding is coming to Livingston Parish through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Rep. Garret Graves to the Livingston Economic Development Council (LEDC).
It is just part of the continuing effort to improve flood protection here, Graves told the LEDC’s quarterly meeting Thursday at Forrest Grove Plantation.
“You’re an economic development organization,” Graves said.
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WALKER, La. (WAFB) - It could be a minor thunderstorm, but it’s enough to cause anxiety. In fact, it’s so bad for some people, they leave sandbags in place all the time. So what’s causing this? The flooding problem is a complicated one and there’s more than meets the eye.
The federal government’s implementation of a program meant to benefit Louisiana victims of the 2016 flood violates the letter and intent of the law, U.S. Rep. Garret Graves said Monday.
“You’re boxing out thousands of families from getting funds that are already in the bank,” the Baton Rouge Republican said.
BATON ROUGE - Monday morning East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome, Governor John Bel Edwards, and Congressman Garret Graves met to discuss local funding needed to match federal dollars to fund a drainage project.
Last year, $255 million in federal funding was secured from the Army Corps of Engineers for East Baton Rouge Parish flood control. The project, which dates back decades, was never funded until July of 2018. That money would clear, widen, and deepen Blackwater Bayou, Jones Creek, Beaver Bayou, Bayou Fountain, and Ward's Creek.
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BATON ROUGE - Congressman Garret Graves discussed national and local topics during an interview on 2une In Monday morning.