Funding allocated for property elevation in St. John Parish

Published 11:54 am Wednesday, July 26, 2023

LAPLACE — St. John the Baptist Parish has been allocated $1,544,173 to fund the elevation of 10 substantially damaged severe repetitive loss properties, part of nearly $4.6 million in flood mitigation assistance grants awarded to Louisiana communities from FEMA.

The funding will be delivered through Swift Current initiative grants, which expedite flood mitigation grant applications for communities after a natural disaster.

The grants, announced earlier this year, also include $3,029,325 to fund the elevation of 15 structures in the city of New Orleans.

St. John Parish President Jaclyn Hotard said administration is continuing to seek grant opportunities for flood mitigation and elevation.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) reported that Louisiana can expect to receive further flood mitigation funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act over the next three years.

“Flood mitigation assistance grants make our communities more resilient and prepared for the next storm,” Cassidy said. “Louisiana families deserve the peace of mind in knowing their risk of flooding is greatly reduced or gone altogether.”