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HUD sends $234M down to help flood-prone Louisiana

10 months 2 weeks 4 days ago January 22, 2016 Jan 22, 2016 Friday, January 22 2016 January 22, 2016 4:18 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Cain Burdeau

NEW ORLEANS - The federal government is sending $233.8 million in grants to Louisiana to relocate a coastal American-Indian village, prevent damage from hurricanes and make a suburban slice of New Orleans better at handling storm flooding.

The funds are part of a $1 billion package the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday to make the nation more resilient in the face of disasters.

HUD is spending $48.3 million to help Isle de Jean Charles rebuild its village behind levees in Terrebonne Parish.

HUD also is giving New Orleans $141.2 million to help a large area known as Gentilly fulfill the city's goal of better handling storm water.

The rest of the money is going into a state program to help residents along the coast avoid flooding.

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