FEMA to give Louisiana over $37 million in relief aid for 2020 hurricanes

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FILE – In this July 24, 2020, file photo, Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., delivers remarks to media after registering as a candidate to run as an incumbent in Baton Rouge, La. More than a dozen unions and citizens’ groups say unemployed workers will demonstrate at U.S. senators’ offices in nine Louisiana cities to demand continued $600 federal coronavirus unemployment benefits. Sens. Cassidy and John Kennedy are among Republicans supporting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal to cut that benefit to $200 a week on top of state unemployment pay. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

WASHINGTON, La (BRPROUD) – U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy announced that FEMA will give Louisiana over $37 million in grant money for hurricane relief from Laura and Zeta, which hit the state in 2020.

“This is crucial help Louisiana needs to fully bounce back from Laura and Zeta,” Cassidy said. “This grant cleans up the scars left by those hurricanes in our communities.”

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development was granted $1,080,713.93. Cameron Parish was granted $20,899,921.33. The Louisiana Office of Risk Management was awarded $5,646,165.13 and Jefferson Davis CO-OP INC will receive $1,202,751.59. Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness will be given $2,038,429.41 in grant aid. The total amount of relief aid for these organizations is $35,874,089.97 due to Hurricane Laura.

The Louisiana Office of Emergency Preparedness is to will receive $2,038,429.41 in response to Hurricane Zeta. 

The grants are reimbursement for costs related to hurricane disaster preparations such as debris removal and transportation that was used during evacuations and building repairs, according to an official press release.

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