Feds Will Boost Funding for Flood Victims
President Barack Obama has announced the federal government will increase its cost-share for flood relief efforts in Louisiana from 75-percent to 90-percent. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the state has to pay for a lot of the repairs up front, so decreasing the state and local share will help tremendously.
Dardenne says the feds will cover 90-percent of the cost for repairs to public roads and infrastructure. He says the 90-10 match will also include first responder expenses, debris removal, and other costs associated with flood relief.
Dardenne says the 90-10 match also extends to local governments.
Governor John Bel Edwards is in Washington DC through Friday. The governor is requesting additional federal assistance to help flood victims who face major repairs to their homes, many of them do not have flood insurance.