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Thu September 6, 2012
Isaac's cost to state government tops $100M
Gov. Bobby Jindal's office says Louisiana state agencies have spent more than $100 million preparing for and responding to Hurricane Isaac.
The latest tally released Wednesday was $116 million, and that cost was expected to continue rising. That includes the price tags for mobilizing the National Guard, setting up and supplying shelters, bringing food and water to damaged parishes and paying state employee for storm response.
FEMA was expected to cover at least 75 percent of the cost, leaving the state with a $29 million bill so far. The governor's Division of Administration has said a state emergency response fund contains more than $16 million that can help cover state costs.
Jindal also is asking the federal government to pick up more of the storm's cost.