JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - More than $5.6 million in federal funding was recently awarded to the state of Louisiana to fund wind damage and flood protection measures in Jefferson and Terrebonne parishes.
In Jefferson Parish, more than $2.8 million covers mitigation measures taken to protect government facilities such as fire headquarters and the police department from wind and debris damage. The measures include 571 impact-resistant screens and roll-down shutters.
In Terrebonne Parish, more than $2.8 million pays for the elevation of 23 storm-damaged properties to one foot above the 100-year flood level. This significantly reduces the effect of future flooding on those structures.
The funding for these projects originates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs. HMA, specifically the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program, provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and projects that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future damages.