Schools in EBR, Ascension Parishes awarded $10M for flood recovery efforts

(WAFB) - Four schools in East Baton Rouge and Ascension Parishes have been given an additional $10 million to rebuild following the August 2016 flooding.

FEMA's Public Assistance (PA) program awarded more than $3.3 million to the East Baton Rouge School Board for recovery at Park Forest Middle School and Park Forest Elementary School. In Ascension Parish, St. Amant High School was given $3.5 million, while Tanglewood Elementary was give $2.8 million.

FEMA has already awarded close to $77 million for schools that were damaged by the August flooding. Money was also recently awarded to schools i Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, and Tangipahoa Parishes. This money covers protective measures, building construction, remediation, and utility assistance.

As of April 14, FEMA's PA program has allocated about $341 million to reimburse local and state governments, as well as some non-profit organizations, for the repair or replacement of flood-damaged buildings and infrastructure. The money also covers debris removal and emergency response activities in the designated parishes.

The PA program also helps to repair critical infrastructure such as roads, bridges, public buildings, and schools. FEMA typically reimburses 75 percent of eligible expenses. However, FEMA will reimburse 90 percent of eligible expenses given the widespread destruction caused by the August flooding.

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