More on Flood Protection
After decades on the back burner, the Comite River Diversion Canal finally began construction Wednesday morning.
Planned after the devastating flood of 1983, the channel would redirect high water from the Comite and several bayous in northern East Baton Rouge Parish into the Mississippi River during an emergency.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Federal guidance on the distribution of additional relief funds for victims of the 2016 floods and other natural disasters may final come to fruition, Congressman Graves told The News in a phone conversation Friday night.
The long-awaited issuance of guidance for approximately $250 million could come by the end of April, the Republican congressman from District 6 said.
FEMA is now considering adding flooding from heavy rains when defining flood zones
NEW ORLEANS — Flood insurance premiums could rise while property values fall under a plan to change the way risk is calculated under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Right now, the Federal Emergency Management Agency uses flood zone maps as the primary tool to determine rates.
Two Louisiana homeowners have sued the federal government, claiming that they have been unfairly denied assistance in recovering from 2016′s devastating floods.
Their claims seem to have some merit.
At issue is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s policy that prevents homeowners from receiving Small Business Administration disaster loans and disaster grants. Congress in October removed the prohibition against people receiving help from both programs, but HUD has not yet changed its guidelines.
Washington, DC – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) issued a statement today after victims of Louisiana’s Great Flood of 2016 filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to force payment for duplication of benefits claims. The lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgement that would force the federal government to comply with a law that Graves and Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) authored and that the president signed into law on October 5, 2018 to fix the so-called duplication of benefits fiasco.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A federal lawsuit filed today will seek a declaratory judgement that would force the federal government to comply with the Duplication of Benefits provision Congressmen Garret Graves and Cedric Richmond authored last year.
South Louisiana is on the front lines of the war against climate change, and now our region will have a strong and educated voice on the matter in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge, whose district includes the northern portions of Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes, was named last week to a House committee on climate change.
Baton Rouge, La. – Congressman Garret Graves (South Louisiana) welcomed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) disaster declaration issued for 17 Louisiana parishes affected by excessive rains and flooding that occurred from August through November in 2018. This declaration means that farmers in these parishes are now eligible for emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to help cover crop or livestock losses.
LUTCHER — Funding for the West Shore Levee Project is locked down and no longer vulnerable to reallocation.
That development became official last week when River Region leaders convened with state and federal interests to sign a partnering agreement.
When reports of unobligated Corps of Engineer funds potentially being diverted to fund President Donald Trump’s border wall project circulated in January, it signaled a need to lock down West Shore levee commitments, according to U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves (R-Baton Rouge).
Gov. John Bel Edwards, Congressman Garret Graves and a host of local, state and federal officials gathered at the Pontchartrain Levee District office in Lutcher on Friday to mark an important milestone in the long-awaited West Shore Levee.
They entered into a ceremonial partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that will allow construction to go forward in the spring of 2024 on 18.5 miles of hurricane surge protection levee and flood wall and other structures.