Plaquemines Parish will receive a $13.7 million federal grant to help ensure the parish's continued economic recovery following Hurricane Isaac, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Thursday.
The FEMA grant, totaling $13,748,715, helps reimburse the parish for work to remove nearly 15,480 cubic yards of vegetative debris from a chokepoint in the main drainage canal.
The funds will help restore functionality to the drainage system and therefore eliminate a threat to public health and safety.
The FEMA grant covers the federal share of the parish's eligible costs for the work. Under a cost-sharing formula, FEMA reimburses the state for 75 percent of the total costs, while the state and/or applicant pay the remaining 25 percent.