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3:53 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

In Plaquemines, $5.9 Million Of Katrina Loan Forgiven

The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.
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The federal government has canceled $5.9 million in disaster loans given to Plaquemines Parish after Hurricane Katrina.

Parish President Billy Nungesser says the action was taken by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Nungesser says the parish now must repay the remaining $3 million of $8.9 million in special community disaster loans it received after the 2005 storm.

Nungesser says he plans to try to get the remaining amount forgiven.

Latest News
7:24 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Business And Political Leaders Gather For Flood Insurance Meeting

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Business and political leaders are meeting in New Orleans Friday to discuss ways of providing affordable flood insurance.

FEMA Administrator David Miller will be explaining how it's assembling maps that are used for setting flood insurance premiums.

The meeting was arranged by GNO, Inc. The business development group led a drive to revamp legislation that could have resulted in some premiums rising from less than $1,000 to tens of thousands of dollars.

GNO, Inc. President Michael Hecht says it may be time to review the overall process for getting flood insurance.

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Lakefront Airport
7:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Lakefront Airport Restored To Art Deco Glory Days

Lakefront Airport's restored terminal building.
Credit Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Agency

Lakefront Airport has been restored to its Art Deco glory days. A $20 million restoration has left the terminal looking as Huey Long once left it.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Louisiana Lawmakers Push FEMA To Revamp Flood Maps

US Senator Mary Landrieu and FEMA Associate Administrator David Miller prepare for an aerial tour of coastal Louisiana flood protection systems.
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Louisiana public officials are launching a bipartisan battle to revamp proposed changes to the National Flood Insurance Program. The administrator evaluating the objections was taken on a helicopter tour of coastal regions possibly facing steep premium hikes.

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WRKF
4:03 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

ProPublica: FEMA Flood Maps Fraught with Error

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 8:33 am

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued new preliminary flood maps.

Louisiana’s delegation in Washington, D.C. is griping over FEMA’s disregard of local flood protection measures when it drew them.

Meanwhile, unless Congress succeeds in passing a delay, federal flood insurance rates are set to go up dramatically as soon as October. Many in Louisiana are facing increases of 20 percent or more.

And, as ProPublica reporter Theo Meyer has found, some may end up paying for insurance they don’t need.

Read the ProPublica article: Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

Share your story: Tell ProPublica About Flood Map Problems Where You Live

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FEMA
9:31 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Preliminary Jefferson Parish FEMA Flood Maps Now Available For Public Comment

A screenshot of the FEMA online map system, highlighting the new preliminary flood maps for Jefferson Parish.
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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has released new preliminary flood maps for Jefferson Parish, and are asking the public to participate in a 90-day comment period.

Flood maps are created by FEMA, in conjunction with the Army Corps of Engineers and local officials, and are used to calculate flood risk and determine flood insurance rates. The public comment period is an opportunity for residents, renters and business owners to review the maps and comment on them file appeals — the agency will accept public comment until September 30.

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Recovery
11:48 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Landrieu Announces $6M in FEMA Grants

U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu says $6 million in disaster recovery grants related to Hurricanes Isaac and Katrina are heading to Louisiana.

Landrieu says the funds are provided through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program.

Landrieu said Wednesday that $3.7 million will go to the state Department of Agriculture and Forestry for emergency protective measures and fuel distribution as a result of Isaac.

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Sewerage & Water Board
8:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

FEMA to Pay $19M for New Orleans Sewerage Pump Stations

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing $19 million for flood mitigation efforts at nine sewerage pump stations in New Orleans.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, said in a statement Friday that improving the sewerage infrastructure can help the city prepare for reduce the impact of a natural disaster.

The FEMA grant will pay for elevating and hardening the pump stations to prevent the kind of flood damage that occurred during hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Livingston Parish
4:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Livingston Files New Charges in Gustav Appeal

Livingston Parish officials claim lies, bungling and withholding of information are grounds for reversal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's decision to deny $46 million in waterway cleanup costs Livingston incurred after Hurricane Gustav.

FEMA investigators used incorrect geographic coordinates and couldn't find streams where work was done after the 2008 hurricane, but still ruled the streams posed no flooding danger to inhabited property, according to a 76-page appeal supplement filed by the parish.

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FEMA
8:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

FEMA Official Named to Oversee La., 4 Other States

A veteran FEMA employee has been named the agency's regional administrator for Louisiana and four other states.

Tony Robinson already was serving as FEMA's Region 6 acting administrator before the agency announced his appointment Thursday.

Robinson has worked for FEMA since 1987. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said Robinson has provided "leadership and oversight" during more than 50 federally-declared disasters.

Region 6 also covers Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

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