Louisiana gets another $390M in FEMA aid
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is receiving another $390 million in federal hazard mitigation money, to raise homes and make other improvements to protect against future storms.
The money comes from FEMA. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the additional money Monday.
Landrieu says Louisiana had been shortchanged in the hazard mitigation program after hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She says the state has received about $1.4 billion in hazard mitigation money for the 2005 storms, before the latest add-on funding.
Jindal says the money will be divided among parishes based on their level of damages, and local leaders will decide on spending plans.
The dollars can be used for home elevations, installation of storm shutters and hurricane-proof windows, levee and drainage repairs and other projects to protect against future storms.