Isaac left Baton Rouge with $9M price tag

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Budget documents show that Hurricane Isaac's financial toll on East Baton Rouge Parish exceeded $9 million.

The Advocate reports that Baton Rouge will reimbursed for all but $2.5 million of those expenses, with $5.7 million in funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The state will pay an additional $830,000 to cover storm damage in the parish, while St. John the Baptist Parish is expected to pay the parish $3,155 for animal control services it provided.

More than $6 million that the city-parish government spent in response to the August hurricane covered the cost of debris removal. Roughly $2.1 million was spent on emergency response measures.

Isaac's toll on Baton Rouge was less severe than Hurricane Gustav, which cost the city-parish more than $53 million in 2008.

"It could have been a lot worse," said William Daniel, chief administrative officer for Mayor-President Kip Holden. "But it really points out why we have to have money in our reserve fund, if we have to expend $9 million before we get paid back."

Marsha Hanlon, city-parish finance director, said the reimbursement process for Isaac should be quicker than what followed Gustav. Most of the Isaac-related funds still owed the city-parish should arrive within a few months, she said.

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