Livingston Parish gets nothing for hurricane cleanup
LIVINGSTON - Parish leaders said they will not receive any of the nearly $60 million spent on Hurricane Gustav cleanup after arbitration with FEMA ended this past weekend.
Parish President Layton Ricks expressed disappointment over the result as he said it "came back zeroes across the board" on Livingston Parish's claims.
Livingston Parish was seeking recovery for administrative costs along with debris and tree removal in the wake of the 2008 storm. In all, the parish spent $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.
FEMA said the board spent money on cleanup that they shouldn't have, and misapplied rules and regulations.
Parish leaders said they'll speak with their attorney in Washington this afternoon to get an update on the possibility of an appeal.