Task Force Set to Consider Proposal for $1.2 Billion Flood Appropriation

January 17, 2017

The Restore Louisiana Task Force is scheduled to meet at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 20 at the Livingston Parish Governmental Building at 20355 Government Blvd. in Livingston. The meeting will be streamed live online at restore.la.gov.

The task force is scheduled to consider resolutions recommending to Gov. John Bel Edwards recovery programs for inclusion in the state’s action plan for the $1.2 billion appropriation Congress approved in December and targeted for residents impacted by the historic 2016 floods. The action plan is anticipated to be published for public comment as soon as next week.

Gov. Edwards’ Office of Community of Development has proposed using the latest appropriation to provide at least some measure of assistance to residents who experienced major or severe damage to their homes. In addition, the appropriation would fund rental assistance, economic development help for small businesses and help for parishes in meeting match requirements for additional assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Preliminary details of the plan are available here on the task force website.

The Office of Community Development also submitted the state’s final action plan on Jan. 6 for $438 million in flood assistance approved in September. The governor has said the money could begin reaching flood survivors as soon as March or April.

Meanwhile, Gov. Edwards continues working with the state’s congressional delegation to secure at least $2 billion more that flood-impacted residents and communities need for sustainable recovery.

Last modified: January 17, 2017