Military department spends $8M on flood response

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Posted: Jun 15, 2011 4:09 PM
Updated: Jun 15, 2011 4:09 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: baton rouge, military, national guard, troops, budget, legislature, mississippi river, flooding, river watch, wbrz, louisiana

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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