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Congressman Garret Graves

Representing the 6th District of Louisiana

Total Now at $60 Million for Louisiana Schools Affected by August Flood

February 3, 2017
Blog Post

The following was produced by FEMA and is being republished here by Congressman Graves as a courtesy.

Total Now at $60 Million for Louisiana Schools Affected by August Flood

Ascension schools to receive additional flood recovery funding

A total of more than $22 million in Public Assistance (PA) grants will go to the Ascension Parish School Board. This now brings the total to about $60 million FEMA has obligated for Louisiana schools damaged during the August flood. The state and FEMA continue to review ways to provide financial help for flood-affected schools.

Recently, $2.4 million was obligated for three Ascension Parish schools:

  • The Distribution Center is eligible for $488,000 to remove and clean flood damage. The center supports school logistics through its warehouse, school bus maintenance garage and distribution center.
  • Lake Elementary is eligible for $930,000 to remove and clean flood damage. Work included removing wet floors, walls and contents and other mold elimination measures like drying and cleaning. Students there temporarily attend other facilities while their campus awaits more recovery work.
  • St. Amant Middle and St. Amant Primary—located at the same property—is eligible for $575,000 to remove and clean flood damage. The action has helped middle school students return to campus. Primary school students attend other facilities while their campus awaits more recovery work.
  • St. Amant Middle is eligible for $367,000 for a temporary kitchen facility to service students there. The kitchen also serves the displaced St. Amant Primary students who are temporarily attending facilities at River Parishes Community College.                                                                                              

Below is a summary of other federal disaster assistance funding for Louisiana schools following the August flood:

Ascension Parish

  • Galvez Middle: $4.1 million for on-site temporary facilities and the removal and cleaning of flood damage.
  • Galvez Primary: $4.6 million for on-site temporary facilities.
  • Lake Elementary: $6.4 million for on-site temporary facilities.
  • St. Amant High: $4.7 million for on-site temporary facilities.

East Baton Rouge Parish

  • Baker High: $4 million for the removal and cleaning of flood damage.
  • Central Private: $3.7 million to place temporary facilities on its campus that students may attend during repairs to the permanent facility.
  • Tanglewood Elementary: $500,000 for temporary facilities and supplies needed to accommodate its students at three Central Community School System campuses.

Lafayette Parish

  • Scott Middle: $900,000 for on-site temporary facilities.           

Livingston Parish

  • Denham Springs Elementary, Denham Springs Freshman High, Denham Springs High, Doyle Elementary, Holden School, Springfield Elementary, Denham Springs Junior High, Freshwater Elementary, Northside Elementary, Lewis Vincent Elementary, Live Oak High, Seventh Ward Elementary, Southside Elementary, Southside Junior High, Walker Freshman High and Westside Junior High: $17.5 million to clean and remove flood damage.
  • Denham Springs Elementary: $3.3 million for temporary facilities.
  • Southside Elementary: $6.6 million for temporary facilities located at Juban Park Elementary School.
  • Livingston Parish schools: $200,000 for temporary chairs, tables and room dividers for schools accommodating displaced students.

St. Landry Parish

  • Plaisance Elementary School: $200,000 for the removal and cleaning of flood damage.

The funds were made available through FEMA’s PA program. The program reimburses eligible local and state government and certain private nonprofit entities in 26 designated parishes for the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure. It also provides expenses for debris removal and emergency response activities.

The parishes eligible for PA funding are Acadia, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Livingston, Point Coupee, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

FEMA typically reimburses 75 percent of eligible PA expenses. However, applicants will be reimbursed 90 percent of eligible PA expenses given the magnitude of the August flood. The federal portion is paid directly to the state, which then disburses the funds to the applicants.

 

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