Friday, September 28, 2012
In an effort to reduce the threat to public health and safety, FEMA approved supplemental funding for debris removal from qualified private property in St. John the Baptist Parish. This approval is critical to St. John’s recovery efforts as expediting the debris removal encourages residents to return home and begin their repairs.
“Hurricane Isaac left tons of debris in its wake. FEMA continues to work with our partners in St. John Parish to help eliminate this safety and health hazard for their citizens,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Hall.
Eligible removal includes the clearance, removal, and/or disposal of storm-generated debris such as trees, sand, gravel, building materials, wreckage, vehicles and personal property.
Supplemental funding under the Public Assistance program goes to the state and its agencies, local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations. Under the program, FEMA obligates funds to the state for 75 percent of eligible costs, while the applicant covers the remaining 25 percent. The state forwards the federal funds to the eligible local governments or organizations that incurred costs.
“We are working with parish employees, debris contractors and FEMA to rid our neighborhoods of the mounds of debris left by Hurricane Isaac. Every day progress is being made, but we will not be satisfied until all of the debris is removed and our neighborhoods are restored,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
Over the last three weeks, more than 159,737 cubic yards of vegetative, construction and demolition debris have been collected in St. John Parish. This number is just over 60% of the total estimated amount of debris in the parish. Residents with questions or concerns about debris removal should contact DRC’s emergency hotline at 504-256-1067 or visit 217 Belle Terre Blvd., Suite A in LaPlace. A daily debris schedule can be found on the parish website at www.sjbparish.com.
For more information on Louisiana Disaster Recovery, click www.fema.gov/disaster/4080 or www.gohsep.la.gov.
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