Federal Emergency Management Agency News

Louisiana’s Flooding Response Costs Could Reach $81M

Louisiana’s share of response costs to the August flooding could reach $81 million or more. That’s the estimate lawmakers received on Sept. 16, in a first accounting by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration about the possible exposure for a state …

Louisiana Disaster Response Improved Post-Katrina but Gaps Remain

Eleven years ago, Sam Barbera hooked up his boat and headed to New Orleans to ferry people from Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters. Four weeks ago, he found himself in another boat for rescues — this time at home in Baton Rouge, …

Louisiana Governor: Flood Damage at Least $8.7B

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards says his state had more than $8.7 billion in damage from catastrophic flooding in August, and the figure will increase as officials finish assessing damage to roads and other public infrastructure. The governor’s office on …

Senator Says FEMA to Fund Crisis Counseling for Louisiana Flood Victims

A U.S. senator says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide Louisiana with $6.8 million to fund crisis counseling for flood victims. Sen. David Vitter’s office announced the grant in a news release Wednesday. The release says the money is …

3 California Entitles Get FEMA Preparedness Awards

Three California entities were named by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as winners for its annual preparedness awards. The winners of the 2016 FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Awards were announced today. The awards are to recognize outstanding efforts of …

FEMA Claims Mississippi Misused $30M in Funds to Retrofit Homes After Katrina

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it won’t repay Mississippi for nearly $30 million spent to retrofit homes after Hurricane Katrina unless the state can prove the money was well spent. The state failed to provide documentation for the program, …

86,500 People Affected by Louisiana Floods Seek Federal Aid

Some 86,500 people have filed for federal aid after deadly flooding hit Louisiana in the past several days and damaged some 40,000 homes, Gov. John Bel Edwards told a news conference on Aug. 18. He said the death toll from …

Louisiana Receives $19.5M Federal Disaster Recovery Grant

State health officials say Louisiana has received a $19.5 million federal grant to help communities that are still recovering from devastating floods this past spring. The Disaster Case Management grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It will fund …

NW Wisconsin Flood Damage Up to $30M

Flooding from recent heavy rains has caused $30 million dollars in damage in northwestern Wisconsin. State emergency management officials said that storms have caused nearly $1.8 million in damage to homes and businesses. Damage to roads, bridges and trails is …

New Mexico Village Gets $2.4M for Repairs from 2008 Storms

The village of Ruidoso in New Mexico will receive more than $2.4 million from the federal government to help with the cost of repairing sewer pipes damaged by storms and flooding nearly eight years ago. Members of New Mexico’s congressional …