Abraham announces $2.4 million for Morehouse levee repairs
WASHINGTON - Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, announced Friday that the Tensas Basin Levee District will receive about $2.4 million in federal disaster funds to make levee repairs.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will pay $2,385,107 to assist with repairs on eight levees along Bayou Bartholomew in Morehouse Parish that were damaged during flooding that occurred in March 2016. The total cost of the project is about $3.1 million.
“Louisianans are still working hard to fully recover from the floods in 2016, and I will continue doing everything I can to get the resources we need to do that,” Dr. Abraham said. “I appreciate FEMA for awarding these funds as these levees are critical to preventing future floods.”
The March flood resulted in a disaster declaration for 36 parishes, including 19 parishes in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District. Dr. Abraham has been fighting for disaster relief since that event, and he continues to champion that cause. This week, he joined other members of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation in calling for disaster tax relief for victims of the March and August floods.
The individual levees that will receive repairs from this grant are the Horse Bayou Levee, Naff Levee, Huff Levee, Claude Mann Levee, Harrell Brake Levee, Moore Place Levee, Seven Pines Levee, and Rawlinson Levee.
“I appreciate the assistance from Congressman Abraham and FEMA in securing these funds for these much-needed repairs. We hope to accomplish them in the next year and in a timely manner before the next flood event,” said John Stringer, executive director of the Tensas Basin Levee District.