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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2010
Contact: Christina Stephens, christina.stephens@la.gov

State of Louisiana Launches $30 Million Municipalities Infrastructure Program for Gustav-Ike Impacted Cities, Towns, Villages

BATON ROUGE, La. - The state of Louisiana is launching a $30 million Municipalities Infrastructure Program to make funding available for unmet recovery needs in more than 250 local municipalities located within the 53 parishes impacted by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

Louisiana Recovery Authority/Office of Community Development Executive Director Robin Keegan said, "Many of our municipalities have unmet recovery needs resulting from being hit by four storms within three years. Although much of the damage has been repaired, in many cases a funding gap remains before infrastructure can be returned to full operation. This program will help fill that gap."

Louisiana Municipal Association Executive Director Tom Ed McHugh said, "This unique program will help our members gain badly needed funding to complete disaster recovery. By offering the grant application opportunity directly to the leaders of cities, towns and villages, smaller projects can be accomplished that have major impacts on the lives of the citizens of those communities."

The LRA/OCD Disaster Recovery Unit, in partnership with the LMA, will offer outreach and technical assistance to local leaders, providing information on the program and the competitive application process.

The program consists of two tiers based on population size: Tier 1 is open to municipalities with less than 1,500 residents, and Tier 2 is open to municipalities with populations of 1,500 or more. For purposes of the program, a municipality is defined as an administrative entity composed of a clearly defined territory and its population, which must be an incorporated city, town or village.

To be eligible, projects must address hurricane recovery in one of three ways: 1) directly, such as repair costs not covered by FEMA or insurance; 2) indirectly, such as improved drainage in developed areas that flooded during the storm; or 3) economic revitalization, such as upgrades to infrastructure that support new business and/or residential developments necessary for recovery from the storms.

Eligible project categories include:

  • Flood drainage improvements
  • Water/sewer improvements
  • Street improvements
  • Fire and emergency equipment
  • Other public facilities and improvements

A municipality may submit only one project for consideration. Any municipal project listed as a priority on its Gustav-Ike Parish Recovery Proposal already submitted to the state is not eligible for consideration in the Municipalities Infrastructure Program. The application deadline is Aug. 31.

The funding is part of more than $1 billion in disaster recovery Community Development Block Grant money received by the state from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for damages inflicted by Gustav and Ike.

The LRA/OCD-DRU has prioritized distributing the bulk of these funds directly to the parishes, resulting in the 53 disaster-declared parishes having decision-making authority over more than $565 million for housing, infrastructure and economic development priorities for recovery.

The program guidelines and application can be found online at www.lra.louisiana.gov by clicking on the Gustav-Ike tab at the top, choosing "Parish-Implemented Programs" and scrolling down to the Municipalities Infrastructure Program link.

  • Click here to download program guidelines and appendices.
  • Click here to download the program application.
  • For more information, please contact the Louisiana Recovery Authority at (225) 342-1700.

Created in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita in 2005, the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) is the coordinating and planning body leading the most extensive rebuilding effort in American history. The central point for hurricane recovery in Louisiana, the LRA works closely with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and partners with state and federal agencies to oversee more than $20 billion worth of programs, speed the pace of rebuilding, remove hurdles and red tape and ensure that Louisiana recovers safer and stronger than before.

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