The US Department of Housing and Urban Development sends $3 billion in funds to 13 states, with Louisiana taking the lion’s share. Separately, the City of Lake Charles will receive $10.7 million and Baton Rouge will receive $4.6 million in funding.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, said he was grateful to HUD and the Biden administration for the funds, which “should provide Louisiana with an opportunity to implement a more effective recovery. , albeit late, after hurricanes Laura and Delta”.
The allocation comes from a $28.6 billion disaster relief package passed by Congress in September in response to the devastation of Ida and previous storms.
“These disaster recovery funds will strengthen recovery efforts and improve long-term, inclusive resilience to future disasters and climate impacts,” HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge said in a statement. “Communities will have more resources and a greater focus to ensure equitable outcomes for underserved households that too often bear the brunt of climate-related disasters.”
HUD’s Community Development Block Grant funds can be used to relocate families to permanent housing, for economic revitalization, infrastructure, and to rebuild in a way that is more resilient to floods and storms.
Republican Rep. Garret Graves, who represents a district that was badly affected by the Ida floods last summer, said the funds are welcome but should have come sooner after Congress passed the bill. Disaster Relief Act in September.
“This is good news, but it shouldn’t have taken six months for the funds to be allocated,” Graves said in a statement. “We have hurricane victims who needed these funds in September when we passed the law.”
Democratic Representative Troy Carter, who represents New Orleans, praised the allocation of funds to the state.
“Today’s announcement is another example of the federal government’s presence for the people of Louisiana,” Carter said in a statement. The funds “will not only help communities rebuild and recover from Hurricane Ida and recent flooding, but will also help strengthen and build the long-term resilience of our systems.”
“Repeated episodes of heavy rain may occur over the same areas, increasing the risk of flooding,” the FEMA statement said. “Move to higher ground if you hear flood warnings.”