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State deadline extended - Grants

Wednesday April 27, 2016 09:35 pm

State deadline extended.  Parish Still Accepting Applications to elevate, rebuild, relocate or buy flood damaged houses! 

The Parish is applying for funding to elevate, relocate, or buyout certain Severe Repetitive Loss (100% funded) or Repetitive Loss (90% funding) properties. FEMA has identified which properties are on the list, and the Parish has sent direct mail to the owners of those addresses. This year for the first time, FEMA has required that structures were insured as of March 15, 2016, so anyone who was not insured may not have received an invitation to apply.

Only those properties outside Morganza to the Gulf proposed footprint and not on leased land can be bought. No property in the V zone can be demolished and rebuilt with FEMA funds. Relocation requires that the owner purchase land outside the floodplain and transfer ownership of the original site, which will be kept as green space.

The state extended the timeframe that the Parish must submit the application draft. If any of your constituents call for assistance with the grant application, let them know that we have extended the application period to Monday, May 2nd.

The Parish accepts Letters of Interest in elevation all year, and will begin processing those applicants and any others responding to the recruitment materials immediately. Call 873-6565 for more information or to get a packet if needed.

The Parish will also be submitting applications for a drainage project for Petit Caillou, the Living Mitigation Project for Lake Boudreaux being developed with the US Corps of Engineers, and the Oyster Bed Surge Protection System project to protect the coastline near Lake Tambour or Chien.

The Parish will also be applying for some generators for critical facilities in order to keep continuity of service at the Government Tower, Police communications, and the Port.

These funds are competitive nationally, and there is no guarantee of funding.