Baton Rouge receives federal funding to replace police vehicles, repair schools
BATON ROUGE - The federal government has granted Louisiana more $9 million in additional funding to reimburse costs to assist public services and help schools recover from the August 2016 floods.
According to FEMA the city of Baton Rouge will receive $2.9 million for the replacement of 92 police vehicles damaged in last year's flood. The amount also covers the extra equipment in the vehicles.
The $9 million also includes funding for two Baton Rouge schools damaged in the flood.
Glen Oaks High School has been approved for $1.7 million for the cleaning of flood damage. Runnels School will receive $1.2 million. The funding reimburses the school for damaged equipment and repairs to classrooms, the auditorium, gym and other facilities. This amount is in addition to $1.1 million Runnels received in May.
The city of Denham Springs was also approved for $1.5 million to help repair gas utility equipment.
According to FEMA, approximately $413 million has been obligated to reimburse local and state government entities as well as certain private nonprofits for eligible expenses. Funds cover repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities and infrastructure, debris removal and emergency response activities in designated parishes.
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