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FEMA Grants City $9 Mil for Road Repair

Nine years after Katrina, many of the City's roads still are damaged, but some help is on the way. A 9 million dollar award has been granted to the city of New Orleans for road repairs in the Desire and Gentilly Terrace corridors. Streets damaged during Hurricane Katrina will receive long overdue treatment, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Senator Mary Landrieu, Chair of Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee U.S. Representative Cedric Richmond and Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced the funds today (10.07).


“Solid roads are the foundation of our communities’ infrastructure,” said Sen. Landrieu, an incumbent in the midst of a tough reelection campaign. “We have the necessary resources to strengthen the foundation of a growing city and ensure that drivers remain safe when getting around town.”


“We'll remain vigilant until the recovery process for all our neighborhoods is complete,” said Rep. Richmond 


“We will continue to work closely with FEMA to identify additional Katrina-related damage.” added Mayor Mitch. 


While making repairs to crater ridden streets in Desire and Gentilly marks a good starting point, neighbors in various locales like Lakeview have posted signs on their front lawns urging the local government to take action to fix their streets as well. 


FEMA’s Public Assistance program provides monetary grants for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and permanent restoration of infrastructure. Authorized by the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the grants help states and local entities with recovery efforts from natural disasters, like Hurricane Katrina. 

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