New Orleans Receives $40.1M in FEMA Repair Funds

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor There is still plenty to rebuild and repair in New Orleans, but FEMA grants have made a huge difference on the Crescent City’s road to recovery. Another $40 million in FEMA funds will go to specific projects in the city, reported The Times-Picayune, further helping to restore New Orleans to its [...]

There is still plenty to rebuild and repair in New Orleans, but FEMA grants have made a huge difference on the Crescent City’s road to recovery. Another $40 million in FEMA funds will go to specific projects in the city, reported The Times-Picayune, further helping to restore New Orleans to its former glory.

The Morris F.X. Jeff Municipal Auditorium will receive $16.7 million to cover repairs to the electrical system, flooring, walls and several other damages that the building sustained during the hurricane and for which it lacked funding until now.

The New Orleans Museum of Art, a century-old building, will receive $2.8 million to replace the basement floor, install flood-prevention features, repair the roof and install new lighting fixtures.

Louisiana State University is also slated to receive a percentage of the $40 million. The LSU School of Dentistry will benefit to the tune of $3.9 million, while LSU Health Sciences Center will spend its $1.3 million on replacing miscellaneous building contents in the Schools of Graduate Studies, Nursing and Dentistry; two patient care clinics; and two hospitals that make up the health center.

The Louisiana SPCA’s $8 million will go to repairing the society’s animal control facility, while the Youth Center, a detention facility for minors age 8 to 16 awaiting trial, will also be restored, thanks to the $1.3 million in FEMA funding it will receive.

New Orleans will be able to extend its road repairs program’s budget with $4.3 million, while Jefferson parish will increase its road maintenance budget with $2 million in FEMA money.

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