More on Flood Protection
By Matt Houston | February 7, 2019 at 5:56 PM CST - Updated February 8 at 5:26 AM
Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) made the following statement about today’s announcement on the West Shore Hurricane Protection Project:
Washington, DC – Congressmen Garret Graves (South Louisiana) and Cedric Richmond continue to stand up for Louisiana flood victims in the nation’s capital, successfully inserting two recovery-oriented amendments into a disaster aid package being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives today.
Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation say planned flood and hurricane risk reduction projects in the state would not be in jeopardy under a White House proposal to divert money and other resources from the Army Corps of Engineers to build a 315-mile barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border.
((Editor’s Note: This story has been revised from an earlier version to update information about the size of the contract that had been incorrectly provided by the state.))
The lead agency overseeing an expected $1.2 billion federal windfall that will help fund flood-control related projects around Louisiana has issued a Request for Proposals for a program manager to provide support services to the state.
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) and Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett (U.S. Virgin Islands) introduced new disaster relief legislation in the House of Representatives this week to help impacted states and communities recover faster, better and at lower costs to taxpayers. H.R.
WASHINGTON — The National Flood Insurance Program has lurched along for more than a year as lawmakers on Capitol Hill have deadlocked over how to overhaul the debt-laden federal program that underwrites most of the nation’s flood coverage.
But Louisiana’s lawmakers are looking forward to January, optimistic that fresh blood on key congressional committees will crack the gridlock.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will put $180 million more into navigation and flood-control projects in Louisiana during the upcoming year, the agency announced this week.
The work will include a roughly $16.3 million investment in flood-prevention work around the New Orleans area, about $1.75 million for wastewater pumping stations in Baton Rouge and nearly $100 million for dredging and maintenance of key waterways and ports, according to Louisiana congressional offices.
WASHINGTON — State officials are still waiting on action from the Trump administration before paying out millions in Restore Louisiana flood recovery money to homeowners who’d taken out Small Business Administration disaster loans.
Congress changed federal law in October to allow 2016 Louisiana flood victims who tapped SBA disaster loans to also receive grants. But federal officials at the White House and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development — which funds the Restore Louisiana program — haven’t given state officials the green light to cut checks.