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WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Congressman Cedric Richmond, D-La., today announced $23.8 million in federal funding for hurricane recovery efforts in Louisiana. The money from these grants will go toward the Jackson Barracks, Lakefront Airport, Charity Hospital and the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO). These grants are provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program.
“It’s been a long road to recovery for New Orleans,” Sen. Landrieu said. “Though it has been seven years since that disastrous hurricane season, we must not forget those who are still struggling to return to normal. This funding brings us closer to providing our residents, hospital patients, and National Guard with the services and facilities they need and deserve.”
“These federal dollars are important steps forward in repairing the City of New Orleans water distribution system that was substantially damaged following Hurricane Katrina,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “Providing safe drinking water and protecting homes from flooding are basics of government that benefit every citizen and business in New Orleans. We are making progress every day and will continue to work with FEMA to identify new eligible funding for Sewerage and Water Board repairs.”
“Funding announced today is critical to the full restoration of New Orleans,” Rep. Richmond said. “Today’s announcement is a reminder that, while we still have much work to do, we are making great strides in bringing much needed funding back home. Repairs to our military base, airport and hospital are a necessary investment in our residents and in our vision for progress as we strive to rebuild and revitalize the city of New Orleans.”
The grants announced today include:
•$1.6 million for Louisiana’s Facility Planning and Control to construct a new facility at the Jackson Barracks in New Orleans. Six buildings at the military installation were severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina and demolished as a result. To help restore the functions of the facilities before the disaster, this grant will fund construction costs for a new recreational facility at the barracks. The facility will include multi-functional meeting rooms, a gymnasium, restrooms and a kitchen area. Funds will also go toward construction of an asphalt roadway and parking lot.
•$2.5 million for the Orleans Levee District for the replacement of hangars at Lakefront Airport. Two of the airport’s hangars were severely damaged by flooding and storm surge effects during Hurricane Katrina, and this grant will fund the construction of a new building that will combine the functions of the two damaged hangars. The grant will cover estimated fees associated with project management and architectural or engineering requirements, as well as fees for surveying and consulting.
•$1.9 million to offset costs associated with a temporary facility used by Charity Hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Charity Hospital chose to temporarily relocate its Level 1 Trauma Center to other facilities owned by the LSU/Healthcare Medical Center of Louisiana (LSU/HCSD) in order to provide medical services to the community that could not be accommodated elsewhere. The grant will cover expenses for a portion of the temporary space lease, which includes interior renovations, moving and relocation costs.
The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) will receive 17.8 million to replace hurricane-damaged water line segments in various New Orleans neighborhoods. In accordance with the Stafford Act, the repairs will meet current codes and standards, using modern materials not used in the original construction. For example, 4- and 6-inch diameter water lines will be upgraded to 8-inch diameter water lines. The funding will also cover costs for paving restoration, surveying, architectural and engineering fees and construction inspection services. The funding includes:
•$1.1 million to replace roughly 6,000 linear feet of hurricane-damaged water line segments in the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood.
•$2 million to replace roughly 10,000 linear feet of hurricane-damaged water line segments in the Lower Ninth Ward-South neighborhood.
•$2.8 million to replace roughly 9,400 linear feet of hurricane-damaged water line segments in the Central Business District neighborhood.
•$4.9 million to replace roughly 24,000 linear feet of hurricane-damaged water line segments in the Lakeshore- Lake Vista neighborhood.
•$5 million to replace roughly 26,600 linear feet of hurricane-damaged water line segments in the Lower Ninth Ward-West neighborhood.
•$2 million to replace remaining hurricane-damaged water line segments in the aforementioned identified neighborhoods.