FEMA, Livingston debris money talks wrap in Washington

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Posted: May 23, 2014 10:48 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: May 23, 2014 10:48 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: fema, livingston, livingston parish, gustav, recovery, debris, clean up

LIVINGSTON- Parish leaders could know this weekend when an arbitration board will make a decision on Hurricane Gustav clean up costs the parish is fighting FEMA to reimburse.

Government officials, including the parish president, met with the federal government in Washington, D.C. this week for an arbitration meeting. FEMA contends the parish spent money on clean up costs it shouldn't have.

The parish is seeking recovery of $44,002,901 for removing debris from the waterways; $14,096,899 for removal of "leaners and hangers" trees which posed an immediate threat to lives, public health and safety; and $1,083,344 for direct administrative costs.

"We're fighting for $60 million. We're fighting for our subcontractors, contractors, {for} everybody to get paid," Parish President Layton Ricks said during a recent appearance on WBRZ's morning program, 2une-In.

Councilman Ricky Goff paid for his own trip to Washington, D.C. in an effort to be involved in the hearing. Some on the council expressed frustration, saying they felt left out of the discussion.

The arbitration board does not immediately render an opinion.
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