Flood victims could get more answers about the recovery during today’s meeting of the Restore Louisiana Task Force. The state has just been told it will receive at last $438 million in federal disaster aid. Co-chairman of the Task Force and former Denham Springs Mayor Jimmy Durbin says the Office of Community Development will provide a recommendation on how to spend it.
“I know for a fact that there is significant work being done at OCD on the initial funding and how soon it will be going out,” Durbin said.
Durbin says they still aren’t sure exactly when the federal assistance will get into the hands of flood victims. At today’s meeting, he says the taskforce will receive a presentation from the Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group, who have been dealing with similar recovery efforts for almost four years.
“We’re going to hear from two very knowledgeable women that has worked very, very hard on the Superstorm Sandy damage,” Durbin said.
Durbin says they will also hear from Senator Bill Cassidy to get an update on the ongoing efforts to get more federal dollars for flood relief. He says they’re confident the $438 million is just the first installment.
“The governor and the congressional delegation will be back in Congress probably in early December when Congress is in session to try to get additional funding,” Durbin said.