BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana is the new recipient of a $1.7 million disaster grant designed to provide temporary jobs after early March flooding, Governor Edwards' office announced Tuesday.
The U.S. Department of Labor issued the grant, named the Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant Fund, to Louisiana and will make way for the creation of 161 temporary jobs for cleanup and recovery efforts in affected parishes. The grant runs through March 12, 2017.
"This grant award is a win-win for Louisiana families," said LWC Executive Director Ava Dejoie. "Our citizens and communities devastated by the recent flooding can now start to heal with cleaner environments as dislocated workers gain access to jobs."
Washington, Tangipahoa, Livingston, St. Helena and Ascension Parishes will split a $348,554 allocation from the grant.
Ouachita Parish will get the biggest share of the grant with $799,653.
Winn, Catahoula, Grant, and LaSalle Parishes will be given $372,372 in grant money.
Union, Morehouse, West Carroll, East Carroll, Richland, Madison, Caldwell, Franklin, and Jackson Parishes will take in an $87,331 share.
Bossier, Webster, Claiborne Bienville, Natchitoches, DeSoto, Caddo, Red River, Sabine and Lincoln Parishes will split the smallest amount, $17,523.