Southeast Louisiana receives 1.2 billion dollar flood protection grant
Posted on 4/6/2018 2:13:00 PM.

Louisiana is receiving a 1.2 billion dollar block grant from the federal government to construct flood protection projects in Southeast Louisiana. Theres been a push for this funding after the 2016 august flood.Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says the block grant will go right to the state and skip the red tape.

“It’s providing an opportunity to really circumvent the Corps of Engineers and many of the delays that important flood control projects have experienced, not for years, but for decades.”

Graves says there’s been extensive coordination between Governor John Bel Edwards, the White House, and federal agencies to make sure the project addresses clogged waterways, bayous, and basins that have plagued Southeast Louisana for decades.

“We want to make sure that these funds are used in a way that really make some constructive projects and doesn’t devolve down into political gifts for different folks.”

There’s still a few steps left before Louisiana gets the money, but Graves says it shouldn’t be long before projects can begin.

“If everything goes according to plan there’s no reason why the state shouldn’t have access to funds starting this summer.”

Graves says it’s one of the biggest flood protection grants in state history.

Louisiana is receiving a 1.2 billion dollar block grant from the federal government to build up flood protection projects in Southeast Louisiana parishes impacted by the historic 2016 floods that caused an estimated 8.7 billion dollars in damage. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says the block grant will go right to the state and skip the red tape.

“It’s providing an opportunity to really circumvent the Corps of Engineers and many of the delays that important flood control projects have experienced, not for years, but for decades.”

Graves says there’s been extensive coordination between Governor John Bel Edwards, the White House, and federal agencies to make sure the project addresses clogged waterways, bayous, and basins that have plagued Southeast Louisana for decades.

“We want to make sure that these funds are used in a way that really make some constructive projects and doesn’t devolve down into political gifts for different folks.”

There’s still a few steps left before Louisiana gets the money, but Graves says it shouldn’t be long before projects can begin.

“If everything goes according to plan there’s no reason why the state shouldn’t have access to funds starting this summer.”

Graves says it’s one of the biggest flood protection grants in state history.

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