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FEMA gives New Orleans $52M to repave streets

3 years ago December 08, 2011 Dec 8, 2011 Thursday, December 08 2011 Thursday, December 08, 2011 2:55:05 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - More roads damaged by flooding during Hurricane Katrina are going to get new paving.

On Thursday, city officials announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency is giving the city $52 million to fix roads in five neighborhoods that flooded after levees broke in August 2005. The announcement came on the heels of a recent announcement that FEMA was giving the city $45 million for new roads in the Lower 9th Ward, a hard-hit neighborhood.

Since Katrina, roads throughout New Orleans have been repaved. City officials say FEMA has given the city $128 million for improving roads and sidewalks damaged by the floodwaters and heavy work trucks used in the rebuilding.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu says that one of the main complaints from residents is the poor condition of roads.

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