St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

PUBLIC MEETING: St. John Participates in National Disaster Resilience Competition

PUBLIC MEETING: St. John Participates in National Disaster Resilience Competition

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – As a result of Hurricane Isaac and its impacts, St. John the Baptist Parish will participate in the National Disaster Resilience Competition, a $1 billion Community Development Block Grant available to communities impacted by natural, presidentially-declared disasters between 2011-2013.

The competition promotes risk assessment and planning for implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. St. John the Baptist Parish will seek funding for East Bank Water System Improvements, consolidation and expansion of wastewater treatment plants, drainage improvements, and a transformational model for developing public housing. “Strengthening critical infrastructure to withstand the impacts of hurricanes and other severe weather events is vital to the resiliency of our parish, the region and the State of Louisiana,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.

An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 10 at 4:45 p.m. in the Joel McTopy Council Chambers in the Percy Hebert Building located at 1801 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace. Representatives from the parish and the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development - Disaster Recovery Unit will be on hand to discuss Phase 1 of the competition and its timeline.

Applications are due by March 27, 2015 and responses are due within 60 business days of this deadline. If the application for Phase 1 is approved, the Parish will move into Phase 2 of the competition.