Kennedy: Hurricane Laura recovery money headed to Lake Charles

Published 10:49 am Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Special to the American Press

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $15,670,984 in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants for Louisiana disaster aid. Lake Charles will receive more than $3.5 million of it.

“Louisianians are still recovering from Hurricanes Laura and Ida’s sucker punches. This $15.7 million will go towards Lake Charles’s recovery and flood protection projects in Ruston and Terrebonne and West Feliciana Parishes,” Kennedy said.

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The FEMA aid will fund the following:

  • $7,717,140 to the Office of Risk Management for the retrofitting of five Delgado Community College buildings to prepare for future storms.
  • $3,565,659 to Lake Charles, La. for debris removal operations resulting from Hurricane Laura.
  • $1,527,908 to the city of Ruston to design, purchase and install 27 generators for critical utilities.
  • $1,191,316 to Terrebonne Parish for the permanent restoration of the South Wastewater Treatment Plant facilities that Hurricane Ida damaged.
  • $1,130,222 to West Feliciana Parish for Phase II of the Hardwood Drainage Improvement project to prevent flood damage to residential homes.
  • $428,730 to the Office of Risk Management for management costs associated with the Delgado Community College projects.
  • $110,009 to the city of Ruston for management costs associated with the generator replacement project.