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Military department spends $8M on flood response

4 years ago June 15, 2011 Jun 15, 2011 Wednesday, June 15 2011 Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:09:15 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - The state's military department expects to spend nearly $8 million through this month to respond to the Mississippi River flooding and the preparation for high waters around Louisiana.

That includes the costs of activating more than 1,100 Louisiana National Guardsmen and of providing fuel, supplies and aviation support for the response efforts.

The Legislature's joint budget committee agreed without objection Wednesday to allocate more than $7 million from the state's emergency response fund to cover most of the costs. That will leave about $11 million in the emergency fund, according to the governor's Division of Administration.

River flooding impacts were far less than the worst-case scenarios in Louisiana after two river diversion structures were opened.


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