Avoyelles Police Jury Hopes to Benefit from FEMA Aid
Good news is hard to come by in these days of natural disasters and government financial crises, but the Avoyelles Police Jury is going to try their best to take advantage of one of those rare tidbits.
Jurors were informed that FEMA has decided that local governments receiving federal assistance to repair damages or undertake projects to prevent future damage will only have to pay 10 percent of those costs instead of 25 percent.
Police Jury President Charles Jones said he and other parish officials attended a disaster assistance meeting with Gov. John Bel Edwards and FEMA officials in Baton Rouge recently. A FEMA team has also met with parish officials concerning efforts in the parish.
At the Jury’s Sept. 13 meeting, Jones said the parish is working with U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham’s office to obtain funds under FEMA’s “hazard mitigation” program and he is optimistic that that aid will be provided.
In a press release on that subject, Abraham called FEMA’s decision “a good first step.”
However, the 5th District congressman said he and others in the Louisiana delegation are “working with FEMA to determine why it did not grant a cost-share reduction for the more than 40,000 people flooded in March.”
He said the March flood “affected mostly rural parishes, whose already-limited resources have been stretched even thinner by historic flooding. We might not have gotten a presidential visit or a spotlight by the national media, but we still got 20-plus inches of rain that flooded our homes, churches, farms, businesses and schools, too.”
Reducing the local matching costs from 25 percent to 10 percent for state and local governments for the earlier flood damage “is the right thing to do,” he added.
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