Louisiana still has 1.5 dollars in unspent federal hurricane recovery grant money left over from hurricanes in 2005 and 2008. Pat Forbes is the head of the state office of community development's disaster recovery unit. Forbes says they know how they'll spend 99-percent of that money, but they are waiting on local governments to start or finish various rebuilding projects.
"These funds while they are unspent, they are out there ready for investment by our grantees in recovery efforts that we've already approved," Forbes said.
Forbes says the state is urging communities still in the process of rebuilding to hasten their plans along. Some worry Congress may ask for that money back, but Forbes that's unlikely.