Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and U.S. Representative Garret Graves say that the federal government allocated an additional $1.213 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for hazard mitigation projects in parishes that were impacted by the 2016 flood.
How Federal Grants Impact Flood Rebuilding Efforts
Commenting on this, Governor Edwards said: “This new investment from HUD is critically essential to our rebuilding efforts. We can now make investments in flood risk reduction and infrastructure projects in areas of our state that were devastated by the 2016 floods”. The Governor also plans to speak with representatives about partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers to make investments in large-scale projects. Some of the projects include the Comite River Diversion Canal.
“Once we have all of the full details from the federal government regarding how these funds will be spent, we will determine what projects to fund. I appreciate the congressional delegation’s continued efforts on our flood recovery. I’m confident these resources will be used to strengthen our communities against future disasters.”
Federal Grants Used Help Advance Critical Projects
Representative Graves said, “This is one of the largest flood protection, mitigation and resiliency disaster appropriations made to the state of Louisiana’s’ history. The state of Lousisana has received more than $10 billion in federal funding for flooding recovery efforts. This also enables us to advance critical projects that have been stagnant for far too long. This includes projects like Comite, West Shore, Upper Barataria Risk Reduction and Morganza to the Gulf.”
“These resources are used as part of an overall solution for Comite. In fact, this solution l includes the Army Corps of Engineers funding. In addition, this also gives Louisiana flexibility to directly take the lead on implementing and completing projects. This also prevents the state from being held hostage by the bureaucracy of the Corps.”
This tranche of federal dollars was appropriated through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. The budget act was voted into law on February 9, 2018.