Livingston files new charges in Gustav appeal

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (AP) - 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.

The Advocate reports the supplemental document alleges FEMA continues to suppress documents vital to the appeal.

The agency declined to comment on the document filing because it is part of an active appeal.

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