FEMA gives Jefferson Parish millions for Isaac cleanup

Gretna, La. - A $4.5 million federal grant has been awarded to Jefferson Parish to help with costs for cleaning up debris created by Hurricane Isaac's high winds and flooding.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant will help reimburse the parish for work to remove and dispose of debris from streets and roadways.  Following Isaac, the parish was responsible for removing 203,000 cubic yards of debris left behind by Isaac's winds.  The grand will also cover the costs of removing 54,400 cubic yards of construction and demolition debris left by homeowners rebuilding after the storm.

"This grant demonstrates FEMA's strong support for Jefferson Parish's efforts to clear debris after the storm," said FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer Gerard M. Stolar. "The funds go to the parish but ultimately they will help the whole community recover from Hurricane Isaac."

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.

The newly obligated funds are a portion of the $14.3 million in total Public Assistance recovery funds approved for applicants in Jefferson Parish since the Aug. 29, 2012, declaration for Hurricane Isaac. Statewide, Public Assistance grants total $171.2 million.