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DHS, FEMA Announce $25 Million for Katrina, Rita Repairs

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The Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Aug. 24 that an additional $25 million will be provided for Gulf Coast rebuilding projects to assist communities still recovering from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

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The announced projects include:

• Xavier University: More than $11 million to Louisiana to help Xavier University rebuild its student center. 22 main buildings on the campus of Xavier University, America’s only historically black and Catholic university, were severely damaged when the school was engulfed in up to 7 ft of floodwaters during Hurricane Katrina, including the student center and the gymnasium. FEMA is funding replacement projects for both.

• Archdiocese of New Orleans: More than $2.7 million to the Archdiocese of New Orleans St. Martin Manor Yellow Masonry Assisted Living Complex to help replace the Yellow Brick building. Katrina caused severe wind and wind driven rain damage to the assisted living complex.

• St. Tammany Parish School Board: More than $1.4 million to Salmen High School to help replace athletic department facilities. High wind and flood waters from Katrina caused damages to the weight room building and an adjacent storage building located at the school.

• St. Bernard Parish Sanitary Sewage Collection System: More than $5.1 million to repair the sanitary sewer system in St. Bernard Parish.  Damages occurred from uprooted trees, backfill erosion, flooding of manholes and equipment, infiltration and overburden.

• Roman Catholic Church/Archdiocese of New Orleans Our Lady of Lourdes School Campus: More than $2.5 million to help repair several classrooms that were deeply damaged by Katrina.

• Cameron Parish:  $3 million to repair damages to the Cameron Parish recreation center and gymnasium.

• Jefferson Parish (Rita): Roughly $1.1 million to add 12 properties from the alternative property list. The structures will be elevated or reconstructed in compliance with the latest building codes as well as to 1 ft above Advisory Base Flood Elevation. This additional funding brings the total federal funding for the project to nearly $6.2 million, which will cover 25 pilot reconstructions and 11 elevation projects of flood prone structures throughout Jefferson Parish.

• Hancock County, Miss.: More than $1.6 million to upgrade Hancock North Central Elementary to include a hardened shelter.

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